Description: Monument Approximately 8 Metres to East of Wood Hall
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
EDLINGTON EDLINGTON WOOD
SK59NW Monument approximately
8 metres to east of
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
H. Phillip (ed), Edlington Wood, 1973 pp 1-4, J. Goodchild, 'Recent History'.
Listing NGR: SK5478198502
Source: English Heritage
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