Northampton Obelisk

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Boughton resident on April 26, 2013

This is not a true obelisk, for though in the form of one, it is constucted of a number of quite small stones. It formerly bore the following insciption, the verse being from Pope's "Essay on Man, Epistle IV:---------"Erected in 1764 in memory of His Grace William Cavendish, Duke of Devonshire.------ There in the Rich-- The Honour'd Fam'd and Great--- See the false scale--- Of Happiness Compleat"----- The occupier of the farm on which this memorial stands had so much trouble from persons trespassing to read the inscription that he erased it.-- This Duke, as a young man, read with one of the incumbents of Boughton, and for this reason the monument wasd erected.

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  • Uploaded on April 1, 2012
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    by Geoff Slack
    • Taken on 2011/04/03 10:59:18
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO160
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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