Description: Keppels Column
Date Listed: 19 February 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 335636
OS Grid Reference: SK3894194731
OS Grid Coordinates: 438941, 394731
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4479, -1.4151
SK39SE ROTHERHAM ADMIRALS CREST
4/5 Thorpe Common
Monument. 1773-80. By John Carr for Charles Wentworth, 2nd Marquis of Rockingham
who repeatedly altered the original scheme. Ashlar sandstone plinth, base and
abacus; dressed wallstone shaft. Massive Tuscan column approximately 35 metres in
height. Doorway in east side of plinth now concreted up. 5 round-headed windows
set in vertical line on 3 sides of shaft, 6 windows on side opposite door; lower-
most windows walled-up. Pronounced entasis realigned towards top. Large rectangular
viewing platform with damaged iron balustrade. Originally intended as a landscape
feature composed of pedestal surmounted by obelisk the design was eventually changed
to a tall column. The intended height was not achieved which accounts for the
modification of entasis. Commemorates the honourable acquittal of Admiral Keppel
following his court-martial after failing to engage the French off Brest in 1778.
Important landscape feature of the original Wentworth Estate, notable local landmark.
R. B. Wragg, 'Four Monuments at Wentworth', Trans. Ancient Monuments Society,
vol 23, 1978.
Listing NGR: SK3894194731
Source: English Heritage
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