SU9994 : Chalfont St Giles: Captain Cook Monument

taken 6 years ago, near to Chalfont st Giles, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain

Chalfont St Giles: Captain Cook Monument
Chalfont St Giles: Captain Cook Monument
Tucked away in the grounds of The Vache is this monument to Captain James Cook (1728 - 1779) erected in his memory around 1780 by his friend Admiral Sir Hugh Palliser (1723 - 1796) who owned the estate. It consists of a 2 storey tower with a battlemented parapet, constructed of flint rubble with red brick dressings, with an open arcade with one round headed arch to each side. Inside the tower is a square stone pedestal inscribed at length with an eulogium of Captain Cook and carrying a globe. There is a stairway to the roof from inside the tower from which fine views of the estate of The Vache can be seen SU9994 : Chalfont St Giles: The Vache, SU9994 : Chalfont St Giles: View eastward from the Captain Cook Monument and SU9994 : Chalfont St Giles: View northward from the Captain Cook Monument. The tower is on a small mound completely surrounded by a moat. The tower is a Grade II Listed Building.

Although the monument is in the private grounds of the estate there is a permissive footpath to the tower, accessed by walking up the main driveway to the house from the B4442 Vache Lane, then striking off to the left over a stile at a set of gates with a green sign. This footpath takes one through a wood around the west side of the main house of the estate. Please note that permission to use the footpath may be withdrawn at any time.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 22 May, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 27 May, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 996 948 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:38.6021N 0:33.7107W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 996 948
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