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Cobden Obelisk

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Dunford Hollow
Town:West Lavington
Parish:West Lavington
Council:Chichester District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:GU29
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Object setting:Garden
and in:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:Opposite Pendean Lodge
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:81
Grid reference:H4
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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Makers

Name : J.S. Grist
     Role:Stonemason

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General Information

Commissioned by: H.Y. Court
Construction period:1868
Installation date:1868
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Chichester District Council
Object listing:Grade II: of special interest warranting every effort to preserve them
Building listing:II
Description:A tall stone obelisk on a stepped base on a grassed area next to the road.
Signatures:Carved letters, right hand side of east face, lower section of obelisk:
HY. COURT. DONOR.
JS. GRIST. MASON.
1868
Inscription:Carved letters, west face of lower section of obelisk:

RICHARD
COBDEN
1804-1865

Carved letters, north face of lower section of obelisk:

FREE TRADE
PEACE. GOODWILL
AMONG NATIONS

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Classification

Categories:Free Standing, Commemorative, Roadside / Wayside
Object type1:Shaft
     Object subtype1:Obelisk
Subject type1:Non-figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Lower section
     Material:Stone
     Height (cm):235
     Width (cm):200
     Depth (cm):200
Part 2:Upper section
     Material:Stone
     Height (cm):400
     Width (cm):145
     Depth (cm):145
Part 3:Base
     Material:Stone
     Height (cm):170
     Width (cm):275
     Depth (cm):275

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:02/04/2008

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History

History:Erected in memory of Richard Cobden of Dunfold House in the adjoining parish of Heyshott. Cobden (3 June 1804, Heyshott – 2 April 1865) was a British manufacturer and radical statesman associated with John Bright in the formation of the Anti-Corn Law League. His early life was spent in poverty and received little formal education. He worked in the textile industry early in his life and started his own successful calico print business in London in 1828. Its success took him to Manchester where he lived in an affluent area of the city. It also allowed him to travel widely and in 1835 published his book, 'England, Ireland and America'. In the book he disussed future problems that he thought Britain would have competing with the financial power of America. He also criticised the manner in which Ireland was being governed. Cobden also advocated free trade, low taxation, reduced military spending and improvements to education. In 1837 he joined the Manchester Chamber of Commerce and joined Potter and Shuttleworth in fighting for an elected local council. In 1838 Cobden was one if the first men to be elected as an Alderman in Manchester. He became MP for Stockport in 1841. Because of his successes with the Anti Corn Law League, he became a national hero and his friends and colleagues gifted £8000 to him that he used to purchase Dunford, the house where he had been born. Cobden and Bright also campaigned against the Crimean War (1854-1856) but public support for the war lost both of them their parliamentary seats. In 1859, however, Cobden was reelected to represent Rochdale. He died of an acute attack of bronchitis.

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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