The Tennyson Monument On Tennyson Down
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The Tennyson Monument which stands high on what is now known as Tennyson Down between Freshwater Bay and The Needles, at West Wight on the Isle of Wight, England. The huge Cornish granite Celtic cross monument with a tapering column and stepped pedestal commemorates the life of the Poet Laureate, Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The poet, born in 1809, lived for 40 years at Farringford House in Freshwater Bay where he wrote many of his well known poems, and he is reported to have walked on the down almost every day. After the death of Alfred, Lord Tennyson in 1892 a fund was set up to pay for the monument. It was designed by J L Pearson and was built and erected by Farmer & Brindley in 1897, on the site of an old signal beacon. The monument stands at the highest part of the down which is 147m (482 ft) above sea level; the chalk ridge has sheer cliffs on its south side.
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August 25th, 2018
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