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Monument Approximately 8 Metres to East of Wood Hall, Edlington

Description: Monument Approximately 8 Metres to East of Wood Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 26 November 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 334818

OS Grid Reference: SK5478198502
OS Grid Coordinates: 454781, 398502
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4804, -1.1760

Location: Edlington, Doncaster DN12 1EP

Locality: Edlington
County: Doncaster
Country: England
Postcode: DN12 1EP

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Listing Text


SK59NW Monument approximately
8 metres to east of
Wood Hall


Monument. Dated 1714. For Robert Molesworth M.P. in memory of his dog.
Ashlar magnesian limestone or weathered marble. Square pedestal surmounted
by vase. Moulded plinth to die with fielded panels on 2 sides, long
inscriptions (mostly indecipherable) and depiction of dog; cornice. Inverted
pear-shaped vase has octagonal base, turned foot and gadrooning. Molesworth
used Edlington as a country estate and planted large tracts of the existing
woodland, the monument formed its centrepiece and commemorates the dog which
is said to have saved his master from being shot by an intruder. The Latin
inscription is thought to have been composed by Dean Lockyer of Peterborough
(a friend of Dryden) and extols the dog's virtues before concluding:-

'That master, not unmindful of his merits,
with tears, within this marble urn
hath placed his dead remains
M. F. C. 1714'

The monument formed a landmark specifically noted by topographers since the
mid C18.
H. Phillip (ed), Edlington Wood, 1973 pp 1-4, J. Goodchild, 'Recent History'.

Listing NGR: SK5478198502

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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