Monday, 21 August 2017

Hidden Henley

I HAVE previously featured this obelisk, which is beside the flower beds on the

I HAVE previously featured this obelisk, which is beside the flower beds on the riverside promenade leading to Mill Meadows.

The reason I have returned to it is because the stone monument has been the subject of discussion on social media following a claim that it is made of plywood!

At least one person claimed (with the support of an old photograph) that a plywood obelisk was constructed in order to try out different locations for the final installation and that what you see in my picture taken this week is that very version.

I can assure readers that the obelisk is definitely made of stone.

The base plaque states that it originally had a pump attached to help wash streets after market days but this discontinued in 1797. It was then used in the town centre as a direction sign until 1886 when it was moved to Marlow Road. It remained there until 1970 when the new road system was introduced.





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