Reported: 21 July 2018
Location: Cliffords Hill, Allington, nr All Cannings, Wiltshire
Lead photograph by Nick Bull.

Photograph by Nick Bull Photography

Twelve blades revolving around a central circle under the slope of the Pewsey Downs at Allington. This video from Hugh Newman reveals it to be only a short distance from the modern long barrow at All Cannings:

Predictably, this minimal, archetypal crop circle has become the latest 2d ‘football’ to get a hammering in one desolate corner of the internet which doesn’t have a lot to work with. This week’s exercise is one of discrediting through association. It apparently is a ‘remake’ of the Longwood Warren formation from a few weeks back. You know, the one which supposedly went badly wrong and had supposedly non-uniform sized features that were uniform in size. If you can recognise the difference between nine and twelve fold geometry you’ll see the two formations are entirely different.

Photograph by Nick Bull Photography

Let’s make it clearer.

Longwood Warren: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 petals. NINE.

Cliffords Hill: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 blades. TWELVE.

If that’s not obvious enough, here is a photo of the Longwood Warren formation:

Photograph by Steve Alexander

The only physical similarities are the crop and the use of curves coming from the centre. If that makes one a remake of the other, they’re clearly the latest in a long line of ‘remakes’ including but by no means limited to

The Sanctuary, 1998. Photograph by Steve Alexander

Kingsclere, 1995. Photograph by Steve Alexander

Etchilhampton 1997. Photograph by Steve Alexander

Cherhill Down, 1999. Photograph by Steve Alexander

Broadbury Banks, 2000. Photograph by Steve Alexander

Why not? Avebury, 1998. Photograph by Steve Alexander

Sadly there is no access to the Cliffords Hill circle as the farmer has seen fit to mow it out.