SK2701 : Obelisk, Hoo Hill

taken 11 years ago, near to Polesworth, Warwickshire, Great Britain

Obelisk, Hoo Hill
Obelisk, Hoo Hill
The inscription on the obelisk claims that it marks the site of the Chapel of St Leonard at Hoo, demolished in 1538 during King Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries. Bones and gravestones were uncovered by excavators building the Trent Valley Railway (Rugby-Stafford) in 1847, thus revealing the site of the chapel, it was assumed. At some time in the following 20 years the landowner, Sir George Chetwynd of Grendon Hall, had the obelisk erected, almost certainly on the present spot despite reports of it having been moved there. Recent research by the County Council states that a subsidiary chapel would not have had a burial ground and that the bones uncovered were more likely to have been from a much earlier Iron Age settlement on this commanding hilltop that had been partly destroyed in the 19th century by gravel quarrying. The quarry may well have been incompletely filled with domestic rubbish by Atherstone Rural District Council in the late 1950s, which would explain features of the site. The obelisk is almost black and very knocked about; it may have been dismantled to allow test drilling for coal by the Opencast Executive in 1965. In the event the site escaped opencast mining (unlike parts of Polesworth); there is a report of the contractor re-erecting and refurbishing the monument. It was first listed in 1988.
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Date Taken
Monday, 30 April, 2007   (more nearby)
Friday, 6 March, 2009
Monument > Obelisk   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 271 018 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:36.7981N 1:36.0454W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 271 018
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West-southwest (about 247 degrees)
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