1987 - 1

South Wonston, North of Winchester, Hampshire.

Formed 8th May.

 

This very impressive single circle appeared in oil seed rape, was 47.3 feet in diameter, and rotated CW. You can see concentric stripes in the grain, as though created in a spiral. This suggests the forces creating the circle were not equal, but varied with distance from the center. As stated by Colin Andrews:

 

Rape plants have a substantial stem structure which is brittle and snaps rather than bending when pushed over. But most of the plants in the indentation were not broken. Don noticed that they had been pushed down firmly to the ground, as if steamed into position, causing the stems to bend just above the ground at a point where they are hard and fibrous. Although they were close to the ground too, the delicate yellow flowers were intact. . . Rape plants bruise easily when touched.

 

This site produced one of the first reports of new attachments. Approximately three weeks after the circle arrived, Colin Andrews returned alone to take a further look at some ground details, when he found a wide winding pathway flowing into the circle.  The oil seed plants inside the pathway were flowing into the circle.  He walked along the new pathway, which lead way out into the field, all the time getting narrower and narrower as it tapered to a point.  He was forced to stop short of the point where his body was wider than the access.  The whole effect began at a spot which no person could have reached without being dropped in by helicopter - a feature which deeply impressed him. This was due to the grain returning to an upright position in the tractor lines, and did not permit reentry into the field along those lines.

 

 

Corhampton Down Farm, nr Southampton, Hampshire.

Formed June 1

 

Single circle, in rape, approximately 40 feet in diameter, CW. Reported six weeks after formation, with weed growth during the interval. Circle was in a remote location on the brow of an incline so not visible except from the air, or very close to the formation.

Whiteparish, Nr Winchester, Hampshire.

Formed 1st June

 

Single circle, 50.5 feet diameter, CW. The outer ring was 3.9 feet wide; the width of the standing grain between was 8.8 feet swirled CCW. The curious spur was 46 feet long and 7 feet wide. This spur was a precursor to far more intricate designs that were to follow in years ahead. The ratio of the outermost diameter to the inner circle was about 1.25.

Longwood Estate, Cheesefoot Head, Nr Winchester, Hampshire.

Formed 25th June.

The picture above shows a fold in the book by Delgado and Andrews which I created when I scanned the image. I included the entire picture to get a larger view of the surroundings of the circle. The single circle was 52.5 feet in diameter CW. The pattern of the flattened grain was in a spiral that one can trace in the photograph, with some standing stalks.

Kimpton, Nr Thruxton, Andover, Hampshire.

Formed 22nd June

The circle was an oval ring with a major axis of 33.4 feet and a minor axis of 29.2 feet. The plants were splayed outward in the outer part of the ring, and inward in the inner part. This created a circular line of broken plants between the two splays. The ring was 2 feet wide, making it slightly wider than the tractor lines.

Longwood Estate, Cheesefoot Head, Nr Winchester, Hampshire. Formed 9 July.

This single circle was 51.2 feet in diameter, CW, with a 3.6 wide ring, separated by an 8.5 band that swirled CCW. Delgado has inspected the field the previous evening because it seemed to be a favorite for the Circle Makers, and had found nothing. It was discovered the following morning by an elderly lady.

The ratio of the outer ring diameter to the inner circle diameter is about 1.1. The ratio of the overall diameter to the inner ring is about 1.25. This latter value is nearly the same as that of the Whiteparish design formed on June 1.

Longwood Estate, Cheesefoot Head, Nr Winchester, Hampshire.

Formed 25 July.

This quintuplet was formed in the same field as that formed on July 9.

Central circle was 65 feet in diameter, with satellites at 12.1, 13.7, 10.5, and 16.6 feet in diameter, all laid CW.  A narrow track connected the satellites but this is not visible in the photograph.  Some small pieces of surface chalk were found broken within the formation.

The central circle was not laid in a CW or CCW pattern; it was formed with the stalks of grain laid in radial swaths, a new design. You can see this in the above photograph.