1999 - 2


As our heavenly Visitors may have said,

"This, Folks, is the way it is done."

1999 saw a new panorama of display

untouched by previous years.

As Stuart Dike predicted, it was

"a little taste for what is to come."


East End, nr West Meon, Hampshire.

Reported 21st June.


Text from Lucy Pringle:


I eventually managed to visit the W.Meon formation with the farmer's permission but got soaked to the skin! It is newly ripe barley and is laid clockwise. Birds had stripped the seed heads on the western side. It appeared on the 21 June. It measures approximately 130 ft diameter and consists of 3 overlapping circles giving a trefoil effect on the exterior. The over lapping circles form crescents inside the formation. The centre consists of a circle broken by 3 small circles.


Trottiscliffe, nr Maidstone, Kent.

Reported 20th June.


Text from Andrew King & Joyce Galley


I was  very kindly informed me of two crop formations in Kent, which Joyce Galley and I visited yesterday. Both are in adjacent fields of wheat at the base of chalk scarp at Trottiscliffe.  Dated 19-20 June, no evidence of anything unusual on the night in question was noted by nearby residents. Reported in the Kent Messenger of 25 June 1999

One consists of 43 circles, all clockwise, in three arcs of 12 with diminishing diameters, centred on 3 sets of 3 and 1 central. Some of the circle's centres were offset from geometrical centres and clearly the centres had all been much more heavily impressed that the outer parts. Some standing centres were noted, but since the formation was some 10 days old and had had a number of visitors, it was difficult to comment on how the original lay had been in the centres of most of the circles.

Trottiscliffe, nr Maidstone, Kent.

Reported 20th June.


Text from Andrew King & Joyce Galley


The other consisted of 3 large circles/ovals with arcs overlapping at a central point where they all thicken. Have not yet visited the latter. Diameters approx 250 and 600 ft respectively. To be measured up in detail later. Soil samples have been taken for analysis by ADAS.  The farmer was not happy about the formations on his land, attributing them to hoaxers, and is reluctant to allow visitors entry. However both can be seen clearly from the top of the chalk scarp at Trosley Country Park.


The high irregularity of the three elements, where they cross one another, the different size segments of standing grain at the cross points, the different size standing grain between circles, and the different terminating arcs all suggest it was a human creation.


Hackpen Hill, nr Broad Hinton, Wiltshire.

Reported 4th July.


Text from Stuart Dike:

Its appearance close the White Horse, itís quite simply majestic! The shock of driving down the road early on Sunday morning was enough to swerve onto the curb, as colorful vocabulary of joy came pouring from myself. This was quite extraordinary, and to make it even more intense was the fact that we had been sitting on the hill on a night watch on the very night it appeared!

Only hours before, we had decided to drive out to Hackpen, as itís not a generally popular place to night watch. We parked the car in the Car Park above the White Horse at around midnight, and proceeded to walk along the Ridgeway some 200 yards from the Car. After some minutes of discussing a dark patch in a field directly below us, we noticed some lights that had suddenly appeared to our right, some two fields away from our present location.

Four lights came on at once, and then went off, as soon as they had appeared. Then a huge searchlight started to scan the fields, in what seemed to be cottage grounds as we located it on the map the next morning. The light was searching the field for over twenty minutes, and was not moving from its location. We were all very curious, but unusually not one of us decided to investigate further, we were all quite contented to watch it from a distance. The light disappeared not long before we decided to call it a night, but what would have we discovered if we had investigated further?

Now! Many of you will be thinking about the work of people but let me put this question to you all. Why would they be attracting attention to themselves with a powerful searchlight? Could this have been farm security, the Police, or perhaps someone who knew a little more then the rest of us? Many questions, but judging by how dark this night in question was, and the enormous size and complexity of this formation, could human beings have created it? Perhaps the report and images will speak for themselves, we leave it up to you, but at the end of the day, this is an exceptional design, with beauty and outstanding geometry and presence!

The overall diameter is around 390 ft, making it the largest ever design to appear below Hackpen Hill. Its geometry is something, which I have never experienced, purely because of the shear scale of the formation, and the organization involved creating such a design. It reminded me in many ways of standing in the Windmill Hill formation in 1996, not only because of its diameter, but also its floor construction, which was equally outstanding. We were luckily enough to be the first people to enter, and could literally bounce on the freshly flattened crop.

On first appearance I could not see any evidence of mud on the stems, but there as a wonderful combing effect throughout the crescents. The crop seems to be laid in three sections with slightly raised portion between in section. But the overall construction had the feeling that it was very lightly flattened; no heavy pressure was involved with the flattening process. Although the plants are very young, they still crackled when force was applied with each step, which indicated that the seed heads and stems were not effected by the actual event. The central part of the formation had a wonderful centre, creating a feeling that the whole process went down together, not in stages. That is an important point to raise, especially with regard to the overall diameter of the formation.

Corston (1), nr Bristol, North Somerset.

Reported 4th July.

Text from Stuart Dike:

The first event at Corston, was this elegant set of three circles, set within each other, with a number of directional lays inside the formation, which flowed in unison with the interlocking circles. The central section inside the flattened crop area creates an internal equilateral triangle, with approximately three 100 ft sides. The crop itself had very few visitors, as it was still very soft to walk upon, and very much intact. Hardly anyone had walked around it, but we know of someone who did actually visit these two formations.

Rolf Harris (a notable film maker in England) was on his way back from Bristol filming for his new series, when he popped into these two formations to have a quick look. The Farmer wife met him, and had a lengthy discussion on what creates these formations. All we know is that Rolf seems to have an interest in the phenomenon.


Corston (1), nr Bristol, North Somerset.

Reported 4th July.


Text from Stuart Dike:

Our second local formation on the Duchy of Cornwall land, appeared on the next day from the first Corston formation. This more elaborate (and completed) design appeared on Independence Day, or as Nostradamus believed "The End of the World" day. It was a good job we werenít all vaporised by a meteor, or by tidal waves or Earthquakes, otherwise we would never had the chance to see this most elegant formation :-)

The second pattern to appear near Corston, was located in the adjacent field from Corston 1 formation. What was so interesting about this design was that it had the same overall dimensions as its sister in the next field. I measured the internal triangle, which was set out by the crossover points of each of the three rings. Each side measured approximately 100 feet, which was the same overall dimension of the other pattern in the next field.

The internal floor pattern was also highly interesting. In a few of the triangle sections, especially in the section at the bottom of the formation (as seen on the aerial image) there were two centres present. Spread about six-foot apart, the crop was slightly raised around each of them, with a three directional floor lay, which is mirrored in each one of the triangular sections, around the formation.

We can see from the very thin lines of the second formation that it would have been virtually impossible for this to be the creation of man. Furthermore, the first formation was done in such a way that the circles are evident in the compressed grain.

M1 J37 Dodworth, nr Worsbrough,

South Yorkshire.

Reported 7th July.


LOCATION:  Near west side of M1, one mile south of Junction 37. This is the site of a formation which occurred in 1997.

DESCRIPTION: A set of five overlapping circles and rings, increasing in diameter front the smallest at 9ft. to the largest at 37ft. (Dimensions estimated front air photographs).


Unfortunately, I have been unable to locate an overhead shot. Crop Circle Connector has one, but it does not show on their web site.


Rockley, nr Marlborough, Wiltshire.

Reported 10th July


Text from Stuart Dike:


The Rockley Downs are situated between the town of Marlborough and Broad Hinton, and have become a well known part of the Wiltshire crop circle landscape. A number of formations have appeared throughout the years on the slopes of these fields since the early nineties. In 1997 a formation appeared in the very field this latest design has been reported, but both of them are very different.

This latest shape, is a more simpler design to the Allington formation which appeared two weeks earlier. Its pattern is also based on the three armed configuration, but this time the arms are smaller in size, with 14 circles making up the entire formation. The floor construction on each of the circles had the same quality to each spiral seen also on the Allington formation. A combination of Anti and Clockwise rotations are present, with a number of circles having the same diameter of 10ft. The central circle where the three arms branch off, has a diameter of 20ft, with an anticlockwise rotation.

The centres of the circles, have some wonderful splayed patterns, again very similar to the Allington formation. Indeed, this design certainly has many features which were present on its earlier sister, but instead of receiving a pattern which could potentially become more elaborate, we have a formation here, which I feel is a step back from the first. Perhaps this was deliberate, as we may at times predict formation bigger and better, but it would seem Rockley is an exception. I may be proved wrong on the next sequence, if indeed there will be a progression?


See preceding page.

Cherhill, Wiltshire
Reported July 16th


This complex formation has nine points on the outside triangles, and portions of six inner circles. The inner circles are all tangent to the outside points. Six is the number of circles that could be geometrically constructed on one circle, as every school boy knows. The nine points all have one side parallel to the next adjacent point. Geometrically this would have been far more difficult to achieve from a simple circle. A small signature "music symbol" logo appears next to the formation.