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White Horse Stone, Kent

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White Horse Stone, Kent

The ancient White Horse Stone in Kent is, according to English legend, the burial marker for Horsa. Horsa was a Jutish leader who, with his brother Hengest, lead the Anglo-Saxon settlement in Britain in the 5th century, and laid the foundations for England. It is of paramount national importance to the English. The White Horse features on the flag of Kent as a reminder of Hengest and Horsa, who lead the English into Britain. There are numerous White Horses carved into the English landscape, carved by Anglo-Saxons and Brythonic Celts. The White Horse is an ancient totemic animal of the English. It reminds them of their Teutonic heritage, for the Roman historian Tacitus as far back as AD 98 said that the White Horse was a sacred animal to the Teutonic tribes.

J Moffatt

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The White Horse has been the logo for Kent for many years. Rearing upright on its hind legs, it is also known as the Invicta of Kent. Invicta - unconquered - refers to a story of a confrontation between William the Conqueror and the archers of Kent, following the Battle of Hastings at the time of the Norman Conquest. He could not defeat them and went on to London instead. Growing up in the Medway Towns in North Kent in the 50's, I was proud of the Invicta badge on my school uniform.
Jacquelyn Taylor Baumberg


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