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Micheldene Obelisk

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Birling Gap Road
Town:East Dean
Parish:East Dean & Friston
Council:Wealden District Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN20
Location on Google Map
Object setting:Public Park
Access is:Public
Location note:Next to the Sussex Downs Way on top of Went Hill
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:158
Grid reference:D6
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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General Information

Commissioned by: W.A. Robertson
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:The National Trust
Object listing:Not listed
Description:A concrete obelisk in three sections set on a concrete base. The obelisk is situated facing south on the top of the Seven Sisters on Went Hill. On the south side, top section, is attached a metal plaque with raised letters. The whole structure is set on a circular chalk filled area.
Inscription:Metal plaque on south face:

MICHELDENE
WAS BEQUEATHED TO THE
NATIONAL TRUST
BY WA ROBERTSON IN
MEMORY OF HIS BROTHERS
NORMAN CAIRNS
ROBERTSON CAPTN
2ND BATT. HAMPSHIRE REGT
WHO DIED 20TH JUNE 1917 AT
HANOVER GERMANY AND OF
LAURANCE GRANT
ROBERTSON 2ND LIEUT
2ND BATTALION KINGS OWN
SCOTTISH BORDERERS WHO
WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN
FRANCE DURING THE BATTLE
OF THE SOMME IN OR NEAR
DELVILLE WOOD 30TH JULY 1916

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Classification

Categories:Free Standing, Commemorative, Military
Object type1:Shaft
     Object subtype1:Obelisk
Subject type1:Non-figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Top tapered section of obelisk
     Material:Concrete with course aggregate
     Height (cm):150
     Width (cm):55
     Depth (cm):45
Part 2:Mid section of obelisk
     Material:Concrete with course aggregate
     Height (cm):80
     Width (cm):72
     Depth (cm):62
Part 3:Base of obelisk
     Material:Concrete with course aggregate
     Height (cm):28
     Width (cm):97
     Depth (cm):88
Part 4:Base
     Material:Concrete with course aggregate
     Height (cm):20
     Width (cm):65
     Depth (cm):60
Part 5:Plaque, tapering
     Material:? Galvanised steel
     Height (cm):76
     Width (cm):40
     Depth (cm):1

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Condition 1 of type:Surface
     Condition 1: Biological growth
     Condition 2: Surface spalling, crumbling
     Condition 3: Metallic staining
     More details:Biological growth to top section of obelisk. The edges of the concrete base are crumbling on all sides. Some wearing and staining to the metal plaque.
Condition 2 of type:Structural
     Condition 1: Broken or missing parts
     More details:NW corner of the middle section, fairly large corner broken off.
Date of on-site inspection:06/11/2007

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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