Fovant Badges - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama taken from the A30 looking over to the Fovant Badges.
Fovant Badges - FURTHER INFORMATION
Fovant Badges - Salisbury visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Fovant Badges' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Wiltshire.
The Fovant Badges line a chalk hill in Nadder valley by Fovant Village in Wiltshire. They date from WWI and were carved into the hillside by the regiments garrisoned in the surrounding area during the war. They are copies of regimental badges. Many more were created than can now be seen, and constant upkeep is required to stop them from growing over.
During WWII the Fovant Badges were deliberately allowed to grow over to prevent them being used as a landmark by the German air forces. The were restored after the war by the Fovant Home Guard platoons who formed an Old Comrades Association, which then became The Fovant Badges Society. 8 crests were restored during 2003, but they are continually under threat due to shortage of funds and may one day again grow over. In the meantime, they are an historic landmark and tourist attraction on the drive between Salisbury and Shatesbury.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Car: Fovant lies on the A30 about 10 miles west of Salisbury and 10 miles east of Shaftesbury.