Location : To the north
Ordnance survey grid reference : SK 514 136
First seen : 16 July 1995
Report by Tony Caldecott
CROP: Wheat, variety Hunter. Sown late September 1994, average height 2 ft.9 in t0.84rn), fully ripe on the date of inspection (30 July). Harvested on 2 August.
SOIL: Fine sand with some clay overlying ancient (Precambrian) rocks, very dry and hard after weeks of drought.
INSPECTIONS: Michael Newark visited and dowsed the circle and detected strong earth energies. On Monday 24 July Steve Pyrah entered the circle and found it looking very tidy and well made, with a neat “nest” or ‘knot” in the centre. Tony Caldicott telephoned Mrs. Reynolds and obtained permission to measure the circle and take samples for analysis, and on Sunday 30 July he visited her and obtained particulars of the crop. He then met Steve Pyrah. Cherry Chapman and her friends Terry Frost and Glen at the circle, where they measured the circle.
OBSERVATIONS: The formation consisted of a single regular circle, with the centre of swirl at the geometric centre. Max. radius 34 ft. 3 in (10.4m), min. radius 33 ft. 6 in (10.2m). ‘The centre was of knot” or ‘nest’ form. The circle looked as though it had been combed” in a spiral band approximately 6 ft 6 in (2 m) wide springing from the centre, continuing through about 5 turns and reducing to zero width at the circumference so as to produce a nearly perfect circle. (This was not immediately apparent on the ground, and was most easily observed from aerial photos). A discontinuity was observed near the centre where the broad-banded spiral was “starting up”.
Stems were either bent over at ground level or buckled at a height between 1 and 2 in. above ground level. Most stems were laid nearly flat. No examples were seen of stems left standing vertically within the circle, nor of stems broken at 22 in. height, nor of burn and crease marks. No magnetic anomalies were detected.
An unusual feature was an indentation in the standing crop at the lowest (southwestern) part of the circumference. This was about 3 ft. 6 in. (1.1 m) wide and 1 ft. 3 in. (0.4 m) deep, and gave the impression of having been formed by a pronged implement being pushed at an angle to the edge into the crop. There was another smallerindentation into the southern rim. A similar effect was seen at the ends of straight passages in the Chancy Knoll formation in 1993. And in the Woodthorpe circle in 1994. Both these formations were within 2.5 miles (4km) of this circle.
Another curious effect was found in two places at the edge of’ the field: in each case, over an area roughly 10 ft. x 15 ft., short strips of corn 6 or 8 in. (0.2m) wide had been laid flat on the ground in a random criss-cross fashion, with many stems left standing. It is most likely that this was done by birds attacking the crop, but the fact that the effects were localised in distinct rectangular areas raises the question as to whether they may have been connected with the crop circle.
DOWSING and LEY LINES. As noted above, Michael Newark dowsed the formation detecting earth energies and the placing of the circle on a “Iey” line point towards its being “genuine”. Charles Holderness noted that the formation lay on a ley line which passes though the site of the Charley Knoll formation and other key points.
DISCUSSION. As with so many crop formations. It is difficult to imagine a humanly operated process which could produce this effect in the limited time available. Supposing it was hoaxed. However, the indentations in the circumference could be regarded as places where hoaxers had accidentally broken the edge with their flattening machine, if’ they had used one. As stated, the indentations ate similar to markings found both at Chancy Knoll and at Woodthorpe in previous years. Apart from these, there were no positive signs of hoaxing:
Thanks are due to the landowners, Mr. and Mrs. John Reynolds for granting the researchers access to the field. Allowing them to take samples, and providing information on the history of’ the crop.
Mike Newark Fine genuine crop circle. A large circle about 68 Feet across and very well laid anti—clockwise. With, the Farmers permission I dowsed this Formation For leys, and later the power absorption factor across the circle. The spiders web of concentric/spiral lines of earth force along with the radial lines were 16 concentric across the width of the circle, with 48 radial lines of earth energy at the circle walls. Leys crossed at N/S and W/E giving the Formation an anti-clockwise crop lay, with another ley at almost S/N power flow. The N/S ley was associated with a water line, and all within the formation were Yang earth energy (male) lines. Within the formation the edges of the laid crop showed higher power absorption figures than other places in the circle, and just outside the circle, the East Side had the highest figure recorded. A nice genuine formation. Unlike last years one (Black Hill)