Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Wroxall -
- Worsley Monument -

Location

Above Appuldurcombe House at Gat Cliff, Wroxall, Isle of Wight
 
see map on www.streetmap.co.uk
 
Description

An obelisk erected in 1774 by Sir Richard Worsley in memory of Sir Robert Worsley. The monument was struck by lightning in 1831 and partially demolished. In 1983 it was restored to its current state by General Sir Richard Worsley with assistance from the Isle of Wight Council and the people of Gatcombe Parish.
Obelisk

Wroxall : Worsley Monument Appuldurcombe
 
The obelisk from a postcard of about 1920
 
Wroxall : Worsley Monument Appuldurcombe
 
The obelisk in 2008
Inscriptions


TO THE MEMORY OF SIR ROBERT WORSLEY BT.
WHO DIED UNIVERSALLY LAMENTED
JULY 29TH 1747 IN THE 77TH YEAR OF HIS AGE
THIS OBELISK WAS ERECTED ON
THE HIGHEST EMINENCE OF HIS LATE PROPERTY
AS AN EMBLEM OF
THE CONSPICUOUS CHARACTER HE MAINTAINED
DURING A LONG AND EXEMPLARY LIFE
AND AS A MONUMENT OF GRATITUDE
BY HIS SUCCESSOR SIR RICHARD WORSLEY


 

STRUCK
BY
LIGHTNING
MARCH 13th
1831


 

Built in 1774 by Sir Richard
Worsley of Appuldurcombe in
memory of his ancestor Sir
Robert Worsley who died on
20 July 1747. This obelisk
was struck by lightening in
1831 and severely damaged.
Restored in 1983 by General
Sir Richard Worsley with the
help of the Isle of Wight
County Council and the
people of Godshill Parish.


Further Information

The original plaque marking the lightning strike can be found in the exhibition room above the shop / entrance to Appuldurcombe House. Appuldurcombe House is listed Grade I and is maintained in its present ruined state by English Heritage.

Note that the plaque marking the 1983 restoration gives Sir Robert Worsley's date of death incorrectly.

A considerable collection of documents relating to the Worsley family can be found at the Isle of Wight County Record Office. See IW CRO Worsley papers for catalogue information.


 
Wroxall : Worsley Monument Appuldurcombe
 
Wroxall : Worsley Monument Appuldurcombe
 
Wroxall : Worsley Monument Appuldurcombe
 

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