"dry flower-beds like Saxon emblems carved on the Downs"


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Alfriston White Horse
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeAlfriston White Horse - Credit: Dana&Ron

Sussex means 'Kingdom of the South Saxons', and it is estimated that the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Saxons, led by Aelle, began conquering this part of Britain in 477.


Hill figures, most commonly a white horse, their standard emblem, were carved into the chalk surface of the South Downs in a number of places along the coastline during Saxon rule.