Worsley Obelisk (The), Wroxall - Godshill
The Worsley Obelisk stands on Stenbury Down, above Appuldurcombe House, near Wroxall, Isle of Wight. The obelisk was erected in 1774 by Sir Richard Worsley in memory of his ancestor, Sir Robert Worsley who died 29th July 1747.
In 1831 the monument was struck by lightning and partially demolished.
It remained in that state until 1983 when it was restored, although not to its original height, by General Sir Richard Worsley with the assistance of the Isle of Wight County Council and the people of Godshill Parish.
Two plaques are attached to the monument:
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
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.