TL2966 : Hilton Turf Maze and Sparrow's Monument

taken 3 years ago, near to Hilton, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain

Hilton Turf Maze and Sparrow's Monument
Hilton Turf Maze and Sparrow's Monument
A closer view of the maze structure.
Hilton Turf Maze and Obelisk
A 16.7m diam. maze within a low sunken wall. The maze is made of raised turfs, laid in a circular, traditional 'Chatres' pattern. At the centre is a square stone obelisk, Sparrow's Monument (listed grade II), erected in 1729 which marks the death of William Sparrow who cut the maze in 1660 when he was nineteen. The obelisk is inscribed in Latin: sic transit gloria mundi. Gulielmus Sparrow, Gen, natus ano. 1641. Aestatis sui 88 quandro oblit hos gyros formavit anno 1660, which translates to: 'here passes the glory of the world, William Sparrow, born in the year 1641, died aged 88, formed these rings in the year 1660'. On top of the obelisk is a ball ornamented with a sundial. Towards the end of the 19thC the area was grazed by cattle. In 1899 the maze was restored by cutting turf paths, but not to the original pattern. LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 28 March, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 3 April, 2017
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement 
Place (from Tags)
Cambridgeshire  Hilton 
Primary Subject of Photo
Maze 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 2924 6622 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:16.7365N 0:6.4209W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 2924 6621
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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17thC  Obelisk  Village Green  Turf Maze 

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