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Description: The Balloon Stone (Lunardi Monument)
Date Listed: 24 January 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 161161
OS Grid Reference: TL3641919792
OS Grid Coordinates: 536419, 219792
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8600, -0.0204
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TL 31 NE STANDON STANDON GREEN END
4/6 The Balloon Stone
(Formerly listed as Monument at
Standon Green End)
Monument. Circa 1784. Erected for Wm Baker of Bayfordbury to
commemorate the hot-air balloon flight by Vincent Lunardi on 15
September 1784. Inscribed plate renewed 1875 for Mr Giles Puller
of Youngsbury. A large ice worn sandstone boulder worked to a
vertical corner at SE, about 1.5m high and 1.5m maximum width at
base, with a triangular engraved copper plate with a hinged
copper cover-plate on the levelled apex of the stone. Small
rectangular copper plate on sloping SW side recording renewal of
top-plate. Protected by a penannular cast iron railing of
moulded standards and 2 horizontal plain bars. Inscription:
'Let posterity know, and knowing be astonished, that on the 15th
day of September 1784 Vincent Lunardi of Lucca in Tuscany, the
first aerial traveller in Britain, mounting from the artillery
ground in London and traversing the regions of the air for two
hours and fifteen minutes, in this spot revisited the earth.
Listing NGR: TL3641919792
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