White horse at Cherhill, near Marlborough
This may have been the white horse seen by the Chivers. Photograph by Keith Park, CC-BY-SA.
The next morning, our twentieth day, we set of precisely at eight we pass’d thro Frogfield between it and Hungerford are wooden barracks and large magazines of gunpowder at Frogfield is a large building for distressed Clergymen’s widows, we had a ride of nineteen miles to Marlboro. at which place we made an excellent breakfast, after it we proceeded to Chipmam near Marlboro we were surprised at seeing a fine White Horse, which appeared to be standing against the side of a hill, it is formed in the chalk it is a most excellent depiction.
After passing the grey Wethers and Silbury Hill we came to Beckhampton Inn where we proceeded straight forward to Chipmam a new road to us we here pass’d over a very wild tract of country which put us in mind of the Yorkshire Wholds, had it been clear we should have had a fine and extensive prospect but sad to relate we had a most tremendous storm, We pass’d thro Calne a mile or two further we had a view of Beau Wood a fine house a seat of the Earl of Shelborne. We soon came to the antient town of Chipmam, where we changed horses a little out of it we pass’d a very pretty house or two, with beautiful grounds. We had also a good view of Corsham House Paul Methuen Esqr. which is a noble mansion and famous for one of the most valuable collections of paintings in the kingdom.
The country here is beautiful, fertile vales, pretty hills and a number of rural cottages here and there dispersed and the fine hills so familiar to our view surrounding Bath now form’d a part of this most beautiful and romantic scene. After passing thro Box and Batheaston, we had once more the pleasure of arriving safe at Bath, and had the happiness of finding my Father & Mother quite well.