SO4483 : By Ireland to the Monument - Lower Dinchope, Shropshire

taken 11 years ago, near to Halford, Shropshire, Great Britain

By Ireland to the Monument - Lower Dinchope, Shropshire
By Ireland to the Monument - Lower Dinchope, Shropshire
An October morning in the lane from the B4368 east of Craven Arms to the hamlet of Lower Dinchope. Starting to climb at the hamlet of Halford on the east bank of the River Onny this roadway passes, sitting on the 195 metre contour, Ireland Cottage, the name locally shortened to just Ireland. On this occasion I was making the trek to Callow Hill where stands the tower of Flounders Folly, known to my mother's family and other locals as the Monument in those quite far off days. Making my first visit for many years, I was very impressed with the high standard of renovation by the owners, the Flounders Folly Trust. The tower is open on some days each year, dates on the website, subject to weather conditions and the availability of volunteer stewards and when open a flag of St George is flown from the mast. Built by Yorkshireman and local landowner Benjamin Flounders, the 80 feet high tower bears a datestone - BF 1838 - though some have said that 'BF' stands not for his initials but for 'Bloody Fool'. There are other photos on this site and searching SO4685 will find them. As an aside, his daughter's intended husband was a man that Mr Flounders disliked intensely, an Army officer Captain Arthur Lowe - remember Dad's Army. It does seem a little-visited spot being high up and subject to all the winds that blow - and as far as I'm aware at the time of writing this, the nearest facilities are in Craven Arms. This photo is an accompaniment to one taken by my fellow Geographer Row 17 only a couple of months later on 6th December 2008 SO4483 : Field & tree near Ireland Cottage. A photo such as this takes me back years, the classic English lane and my days of 'at least 20 miles every Saturday'. Where did those years go, what did I do with them? Time taken not available.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 25 October, 2008   (more nearby)
Saturday, 8 October, 2016
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Grassland  Roads, Road transport 
Place (from Tags)
Ireland  Craven Arms  Halford  The Monument  Ireland Cottage  Lower Dinchope  Callow Hill  Flounders Folly 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 4437 8362 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:26.8617N 2:49.1962W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 4429 8356
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Shropshire  South Shropshire  Benjamin Flounders  River Onny 

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