Dunston Pillar, Lincolnshire

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    Some 6 miles south of Lincoln by the side of the road to Sleaford, and now partially hidden by trees, stands a relic of the past in the form of Dunston Pillar. Standing 92ft high it was erected by the order of Sir Francis Dashwood MP, of Nocton Hall in 1751. For many years it was surmounted by a 15ft high beacon as a guide for travellers crossing heath which at that time was not only uncultivated, but had no proper roads across it. Dashwood was founder of the notorious Hellfire Club and numerous stories abound about the intended use of the Pillar. In 1810, when a turnpike road was made across the heath, the beacon was removed by order of the Earl of Buckingham who replaced it with a statue of King George III to celebrate the King's Golden Jubilee. Unfortunately the mason, John Wilson, fell to his death whilst erecting it. In 1940 the statue was removed as a danger to low flying aircraft from Coleby Heath and Waddington. Although damaged the statue is stored at Lincoln Castle, the bust of King George III from it is, however, on displayed in Lincoln Castle grounds and can be seen here.

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    1. Whipper_snapper 92 months ago | reply

      Wonderful story to this one. Good photo, great caption.

      1-2-3 history

    2. Scott Foy 92 months ago | reply

      That's a grand pillar! Lovely shot, well framed!

    3. fcphoto 92 months ago | reply

      Wonderful description, and a great photo of such a historic monument!

    4. goldenpath 92 months ago | reply

      Very nice - really interesting.

    5. benefit of hindsight 92 months ago | reply

      Interesting - nice that it is still standing and being looked after.

    6. Lincolnian (Brian) 92 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone for viewing and comments, appreciated.

    7. Andy Latt 92 months ago | reply

      Fascinating - wonderful stuff.

      **Seen in My Camera's Eye**

    8. Lincolnian (Brian) 92 months ago | reply

      Thanks for stopping by and for the comments Andy, appreciated.

    9. Tommok [deleted] 92 months ago | reply

      Great shot and interesting bit of history! :-)

    10. Lincolnian (Brian) 92 months ago | reply

      Thanks for stopping by Tom, pleased you liked it.

    11. cienne45 92 months ago | reply

      Very interesting! Thanks for sharing and great details.

      123 History

    12. Lincolnian (Brian) 92 months ago | reply

      Thanks for stopping by Carlo.

    13. ©WayneHB 92 months ago | reply

      i ride past this en-route to and from peterborough on my bike.
      and as you say it is hidden by trees, and i often miss it!

    14. Lincolnian (Brian) 92 months ago | reply

      I must admit I made a trip just to get this shot having come across an old shot of the Bust of King George III which came from the top of it.

    15. expolight 84 months ago | reply

      A very nice picture with nice light. Ive lived in the area for quite a while and its amasing what you miss on your doorstep. Its a pity they took most of it down. It was 30ft higher in days of old. Originallly had a spiral staircase inside too. Its pity that its not restored to its former glory.

    16. Lincolnian (Brian) 84 months ago | reply

      Thanks for stopping by Peter and kind comments. As with many things perhaps you don't always appreciate them at the time. Pity in a way it's also quite well tucked away and partially hidden by trees, easy to pass by without realising it's there.

    17. richardr 76 months ago | reply

      Dashwood had a bit of things for both useful public works and for follies...

    18. Lincolnian (Brian) 76 months ago | reply

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Richard, appreciated.

    19. candybluerhino 59 months ago | reply

      Thank you for sharing! I lived in Waddington for 3 years and drove past the pillar many times. I always meant to stop and explore (and never did) as I was sure there was interesting history behind this structure. Now I know.

    20. Lincolnian (Brian) 59 months ago | reply

      Thanks for stopping by Lynne, pleased I've shed some light on the subject :o)

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