Date Listed: 27 May 1949
English Heritage Building ID: 330147
OS Grid Reference: SE3121671270
OS Grid Coordinates: 431216, 471270
Latitude/Longitude: 54.1363, -1.5237
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SE 3171 RIPON MARKET PLACE
1702. Architect: Nicholas Hawksmoor. Clerk of Works: Cornelius Varker. Masons:
William Etty and William Cowling. Carver: Samuel Carpenter of York. Smith: John
Hood. Ashlar, Plinth. Tall, simply moulded base, with a plaque misleadingly
ERECTED AT THE EXPENSE OF
WILLIAM AISLABIE ESQUIRE,
WHO REPRESENTED THIS BOROUGH
IN PARLIAMENT SIXTY YEARS.
THE MAYOR, ALDERMEN AND ASSISTANTS
OF RIPON ORDERED THIS INSCRIPTION,
THE HONOURABLE FREDERICK ROBINSON,
Obelisk surmounted by tall wrought iron weather-vane incorporating a representation or
the Wakeman's Horn. Eighty feet high. Built by John Aislabie of Studley Royal.
William Aislabie's contribution in 1781 must have been to repair it. He may also have
removed the wrought iron railings surrounding it, and replaced them with 4 smaller
obelisks at the corners, which have also been removed since.
The earliest surviving free-standing monumental obelist in Great Britain.
Listing NGR: SE3121671270
Source: English Heritage
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