Location : Near Burrough
on the hill to the east of
Ordnance survey grid reference : SK7567 1180
First seen : 21 July 1995 By Mrs Lesley Cheny
Crop : Wheat
Report by Tony Caldecott
DESCRIPTION: The formation consisted of three roughly circular areas, two
of them connected by a slightly curving path. All the “circles” were laid clockwise
in spiral ridges of approx. 12 in (0.3 m) pitch. The centres of swirls were
of “spread” form, considerably off-centre. Each arm of the spiral occupied about
one half turn from centre to circumference.
Circle I: Max, dia. 14 ft 6 in. (4.42m). Min. dia. 13 ft 0 in. (4.0m).
Circle 2: Max. dia. 32 ft 0 in. (9.75m). Min. dia. 24 ft 0 in. (7.32m)
Circle 3: Max. dia. 35 ft 0 in. (10.67m). Min. dia. 28 ft 0 in. (8.53). distant 150 ft (46m) S.E. along tractor line from Circle 1.
A path 5 ft. 5in. (1 .65m) wide laid From Circle 2 towards Circle 1 in a gentle “S” shape. The lay of this path was continued nearly all the way across Circle 1 and occupied a large part of the circle.
SOIL: Clayey loam, very dry and hard, deeply fissured along the tractor lines after weeks of drought.
FIRST REPOR’IED SIGHTING: by Mrs. Lesley Chaney at 11.00 hrs. Friday 21 July 1995, from the top of Burrough Hill (Iron Age Fort), looking west from the orientation table at the west corner of the fort. She believes the formation bad first appeared that morning.
INSPECTION PROCEDURE: On Saturday 22 July the formation was observed from the top of Burrough Hill by Jane Bertram, Tony Caldllcott, Cherry Chapman, Terry Frost and Steve Pyrah, all of C.C.C.S. East Midlands. Tony. Steve and Jane then visited the nearest farmhouse, Moscow Farm, and spoke to Mrs. Charles Johnson, who contacted Mr. Len Atton, the manager of the farm in which the formation lay. Mr. Atton, with members of his family, met the C.C.C.S. members at the entrance to the track, and went with them to look at the formation. The group entered the formation by a single file foot track through the crop leading into circle 1. It is not clear whether this track already existed before this occasion. The formation suffered considerable trampling in the course of entire day. Steve and Tony measured the formation and took a series of sample ears of corn from the points shown on the appended plan, which were later forwarded to Jim Lyons for testing by dowsing.
OBSERVATIONS: Stems were either laid over at ground level or buckled at a height between I and 2in. above ground level. Most stems ‘were laid nearly flat, except at the perimeters 0f the circles, where the terminations of the spiral ridges were laid against the standing corn and remained leaning at varying angles. No examples were seen of’ stems left standing vertically within the circles, nor of stems broken at 22in. height, nor of burn and crease marks. No magnetic anomalies were detected.
DOWSING. Michael Newark dowsed
the formation from time track at the edge of the field finding it to be genuine.
DISCUSSION. ‘The formation was small, by present day standards, and aesthetically not particularly attractive. The region is not one in which many crop circles occur, but the site, directly below a popular lookout point, is one of the best in the district for attracting public attention. The fact that there is a pond near by may have some significance, but it is not known whether there was actually water in the pond at the time.
There was nothing in the physical observations to show whether or not the
formation was man-made, but the energies detected by Michael Newark by dowsing,
and Lesley Chaneys experiences, seem to tilt the balance in favour at us being
Thanks ate due to Mr. Len Atton the Farm Manager, for allowing the researchers into the field and helping them to find the site.
A White Eagle Astrologer
BURROUGH HILL CROP CIRCLES
It was a pleasure to meet you and Steve on site yesterday afternoon and, as requested, here is my report
.OBSERVATIOIS FROM BURROUGH HILL
A friend and I visited Burrough Hill on Friday, 21st July. When we reached the triangulation point, my friend pointed out the circles which she had just noticed. This was at about 11 am. Her reaction was that these were like musical notes, which I suggested were a quaver and semibreve. The pathway was noticeable, as were various pathways through the adjacent cornfield, which had no formations. My friend suggested an animal could have made these. The greenness of the formation suggested it was “fresh.
I arrived around 1.00 p.m. The circles were probably not perfect. Every stalk within the formation appeared to have been flattened, some at ground level and some were broken in three places. The “tram line” to circle A was the only means of access to it without damaging crops and was difficult to walk as the tractor tyre marks had become fissures due to the dry weather. Steve suggested the order in which the formation had been laid and with which I agreed. Basically, circle C first, then the serpentine path, because the path of stems extended into and over the first half of circle C. Then either A or D was made.
The corn on the pathway had been laid evenly whereas that in the circles it was not.
Circle A had become the “office” for CCCS members so I began at circle
C. The only impression I received was “quiet”. As I am used to more than this I decided to change location to circle D. As I walked the tram line I started to feel sick but told myself it was probably because I had rushed out straight after my lunch. I sat in the centre of circle D and quickly began to feel angry and upset and felt that this circle had been made as an expression of those feelings which gave a certain triumphant feeling on completion. I felt that the quaver formation was made as a sort of celebration of the expression of those feelings. I felt “I” knew exactly what the formation was to be, that the pattern was so strongly in “my” head it would be laid very, very quickly. I was aware of a single male figure, and felt that if the formations had been laid by a human being it would be in response to a powerful motivating force, akin to inspiration. I returned to circle B and again felt “quiet”. I felt circle A had been too much used, being the office, to yield anything specific and then realised how peaceful the whole of the quaver formation was. A final visit to circle D to cross-check my impressions had me again feeling nauseous, angry and upset so I saw no point in lingering there. I have since realised that these simplistic feelings are such as one encounters among nature spirits.
Circle D seems to have been laid as a complete unit. Access to it is either via the tramline from circle C, which suggests it, was laid later. If in fact it was laid first, then either the other formation may cover part of an earlier pathway or access would have to be via the tram line system around the field, which would probably be similarly cracked into fissures.
I hope these observations and impressions are of use to you in your investigation. How exciting to have a crop circle on my doorstep!
(Mrs) Lesley Chaney
RESULTS OF JIM LYONS ‘AURA DOWSING’ OF SEED HEAD SAMPLES.
SHOWING SOME SUPORT TO HIS THEORY THAT THE HIGHEST AURA SIZEES OCCOUR AT THE CENTRE OF CIRCLES AND THE LOWEST JUST INSIDE THE CIRCLES EDGE
CONTROL SAMPLES TAKEN FROM THE EDGE OF THE FIELD WERE 30" TO 49"