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Obelisk Commemorating Roger Barnston

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Obelisk Commemorating Roger Barnston

The Obelisk Commemorating Roger Barnston, also known as the Barnston Memorial, is in Churton Road, Farndon, Cheshire, England. Roger Barnston died in 1857 from wounds sustained at the Siege of Lucknow. His memorial consists of an obelisk standing on a plinth, surrounded by four lions. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.

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History

Major Roger Barnston served in the Crimean War, and later in India, where he died, at the age of 31, on 23 December 1857 from wounds sustained at the Siege of Lucknow in the Indian Rebellion. At a parish meeting in 1838 it was decided to provide a memorial to him. Subscribers raised a total of £426.55. Following a competition, a design by Edward A. Heffer was selected. The cost of the memorial came to £400.

Description

The memorial consists of a slender obelisk standing on a plinth. It is 16.8 metres (55.1 ft) high and has a diameter of 7 metres (23.0 ft), and is made of yellow sandstone from Cefn Quarry. The obelisk starts from a concave curve, and there is a similar curve in the plinth, which contribute to the appearance of slimness. Around the plinth are statues of four crouching lions, which are described as "mourning", or "snoozing". On the west side of the plinth, facing the road, is carved the word BARNSTON, and below this is a circular plaque containing a wreath. On the east side is an inscription readings as follows.

The memorial was designated as a Grade II* listed building on 28 November 1984. Grade II* is the middle of the three grades of listing designated by English Heritage, and is granted to "particularly important buildings of more than special interest".

References

Obelisk Commemorating Roger Barnston Wikipedia


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