GOTT'S MONUMENT AT THE NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR EPILEPSY

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1124827

Date first listed: 22-Dec-1958

Date of most recent amendment: 30-Apr-2007

Statutory Address: GOTT'S MONUMENT AT THE NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR EPILEPSY, CHESHAM LANE, CHALFONT ST PETER

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Location

Statutory Address: GOTT'S MONUMENT AT THE NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR EPILEPSY, CHESHAM LANE, CHALFONT ST PETER

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Buckinghamshire

District: Chiltern (District Authority)

Parish: Chalfont St. Peter

National Grid Reference: TQ 00324 92362

Summary

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History

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Details

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 24/02/2012

TQ 09 SW 6/26 22.12.58

CHALFONT ST PETER CHESHAM LANE Gott's Monument at the National Society for Epilepsy

(formerly listed as Obelisk, Monument Lane, Chalfont Common)

II

Obelisk milestone constructed in 1785, restored in 1879 and altered in the 1960s. Flint rubble with an inscribed stone plaque surrounded by a brick border. The plaque is at horseback height. The inscription on the plaque reads:

1785 To NEWLAND I Mile III Furl.g's To Chesham VII Miles Built by Sir H T Gott Restored by W Brown in 1879 To Denham IV Miles To Uxbridge VI Miles LONDON XXI

There is also an incised pointing hand between the 17 and 85 of the first line of inscription.

HISTORY: The monument was erected in 1785 by Sir H T Gott, and sits at the entrance to the Chalfont Epilepsy colony. Local tradition suggests that the monument either commemorates a hunt attended by George III, or an incident in which the king got lost in the forest surrounding the monument. The monument was damaged by a lightning strike in 1879, and repaired by W Brown. After a second lightning strike in the 1960s the height of the obelisk was reduced from 60ft to about 20ft.

SOURCES: C Haines, Marking the Miles, A History of English Milestones (Norwich, 2000), 97.

Summary of Importance: Milestones are important indicators of C18 and C19 road use, in a period which saw significant changes to transport and road engineering. Gott's Monument is a historically very interesting because of its combined use as both milestone and commemorative monument.

Listing NGR: TQ0032492362

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 44772

Legacy System: LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Buckingham, (1908)

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