For George



Sometimes it’s hard to put into words what I want to say which, to be honest isn’t great for someone who brags about being a blogger but sometimes the subject deserves so much more eloquence and consideration than I am capable of.

I’d like to think that my image will make up for my lacking in words and maybe, somewhere, someone, will think of this before coming to their own conclusions.

George McKenzie Samson 7th January 1889 – 28th February 1923

White Horses Project #2 Alton Barnes, Swinging Jack…


A local farmer, Robert Pile, commissioned the cutting of this white horse back in 1812 and paid the handsome fee of 20 quid to a fella named Jack The Painter, aka John Thorne a Journeyman Inn Sign Painter, who in turn sub-contracted the work to a local lad, John Harvey and then proceeded to bugger off with the cash.

Unfortunately for Jack, this was a regular occurrence and 19th century justice caught up with him and he was later hanged for a series of similar crimes.

Fortunately we live in more enlightened times and the “vandals” who adorned the horse with “an extra limb” or, and I’m quoting the Wiki page, “turned the horse into a stallion” would have got off slightly lighter if they were ever caught.

Please, head over to the wikipedia page for this horse for load more details and I know for a fact that I’m going to be digging a bit deeper, deeper than Jack ever did, for the stories with this horse.