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Kilburn delights ...

30th September, 2023.

Over the years there are two animals that have put the village of Kilburn on the map: a tiny mouse and a mighty horse.

Kilburn's White Horse is a 19th century fantasy, which is now a sparkling feature of the landscape, clearly visible from roads and from the train as visitors approach their Yorkshire destinations.

A new edition of the history of the Horse has just been published, recording the story of this icon, it has been printed locally by G H Smith & Son of Easingwold.

I've always thought that the White Horse is not much use as an anatomical guide. In particular its legs are rather pudgy and shapeless.

I was, therefore, surprised to find that the original plan was for a very carefully drawn and accurate image of a fine steed.

This was the work of a local schoolmaster and draughtsman called John Hodgson.

The original idea came from Thomas Taylor, a native of Kilburn, who worked in a family provisions business in London...

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