Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Freshwater -
- Tennyson Monument -

Location

On Tennyson Down, Freshwater, Isle of Wight
 
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Description

A stone cross, erected as a memorial to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate

It was the remote tranquillity of the Island that drew Alfred Tennyson to settle at Farringford in 1853. He came at a stage in his career when he was achieving some critical acclaim - succeeding as poet laureate upon the death of Wordsworth in 1850. His presence at Freshwater drew a wider circle of notable visitors there - Benjamin Jowett, Edward Lear, Sir Arthur Sullivan, Charles Darwin and Prince Albert to name but a few. After his death in 1892 the great marble Maltese Cross was put up on the down where he had walked, and which now bears his name. The inscription reads: "In memory of Alfred Lord Tennyson this cross is raised as a beacon to sailors by the people of Freshwater and other friends in England and America"
Memorial

Freshwater : Tennyson Monument
 
Inscription


IN MEMORY
OF ALFRED
LORD TENNYSON
THIS CROSS IS
RAISED A BEACON
TO SAILORS BY
THE PEOPLE OF
FRESHWATER &
OTHER FRIENDS
IN ENGLAND
AND AMERICA



 
Further Information


 
Memorial inscription

Freshwater : Tennyson Monument
 


 
 

 
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