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Ashbury, Nr Swindon, Oxfordshire. Reported 1st August.

An aerial shots by Lucy Pringle Copyright 1996.



Close to Wayland Smithy near Ashbury (East of Swindon), SU 277-842 in wheat, about 175+ feet in diameter. A true Vesica Pisces is formed by two circles that touch each other`s centers. That these don`t quite do so is very interesting; it means the centers are well into the standing crop - where there are no marks or damage at all.

Diagram and report by Peter R. Sorensen. Copyright 1996.


Crop Type: Wheat

This area is on the borders of Oxfordshire and is steeped in history just like the Avebury area. It boasts the largest White Horse in England,and certainly one of the oldest. The horse is only two miles from Ashbury, also the ancient Longbarrow of Wayland Smithy adornes the landscape, but is now enclosed by tall trees which flank the Ridgeway Path.

The formation in question was situated on high ground above the village of Ashbury, and could not be viewed from anywhere due to the extremely flat field. The formation could not even be seen from the road parallel with the field. I almost gave up searching, when I was only 50 yards from it. That's how elusive it was, but well worth the find.

The formation consisted of a large circle, placed inside were two cresents moons, creating a Vesica Piscis in between the shapes. Again very impressive floor pattern, but because the crop was riper this time, the floor lay didn't quite have the flow of Liddington Castle.

The two crescent Moons placed within the circle were not situated in a central position, they were slightly offset to one side. As they both mirrored one another, their positioning again was inaccurate, one was placed slightly below the other. This could have been a deliberate ploy on behalf of the Circlemakers, but it certainly created an interesting floor detail on either side.

The Vesica Piscis, the shape that was produced by the two cresents moons, consisted of a circle in it's centre, with two directional layers of crop identical in detail each side finishing the overall shape.

A very interesting formation, and quite a size about 170 feet in diameter, the flow of the crop was clockwise around the Crescent Moons, as well as the inner circle situated in the centre of the Vesica Piscis.

An interesting feature to note was the standing crop on one side of the formation. This was the side were the formation is on a slight incline, meaning whatever produced it, didn't quite have the force to flattened the crop, because it was flowing up hill.

Pole Shot by Stuart Dike. Copyright 1996.

Diagrams of the two Ashbury Formations

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