Trinity House Obelisk

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The Trinity House Obelisk (also known as Trinity House Landmark) is an obelisk located at Portland Bill, on the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England. It has been a Grade II Listed Monument since September 1978.[1] The obelisk was created as a daymark.

History

The 7 metre (23 feet) tall white stone obelisk was built in 1844 to warn ships of the rocks off the coast of Portland Bill. It stands at the southern tip of the Isle of Portland, and also acts as a warning of the low shelf of rock extending 30 metres (100 feet) south into the sea.[2]

The obelisk, made of Portland stone, is dated 1844 on its north face, with the panel inscribed "TH 1844". It is a three-sided tapering obelisk on a high plinth and with a pyramidal crown.[1] The monument was saved from threatened demolition in 2002, after Trinity House announced it was too expensive to maintain.[3][4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1203105)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Portland Bill Lighthouse". Trinityhouse.co.uk. 18 March 1996. Retrieved 21 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Portland Bill, Portland, Dorset". Geoffkirby.co.uk. Retrieved 21 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Meeting to hear of plans for Bill obelisk (From Dorset Echo)". Dorsetecho.co.uk. 17 October 2002. Retrieved 21 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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