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Hardy's Monument, Dorchester

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The Hardy Monument is a 72ft monument on the summit of Black Down in Dorset, erected in 1844 by public subscription in memory of Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Hardy, a commander at the Battle of Trafalgar. Admiral Hardy lived in Portesham and his family owned the Portesham estate which stretched from the middle of Portesham to Black Down. The site for the monument was chosen because the Hardy family wanted a monument which could be used as a landmark for shipping. The monument has been shown on navigational charts since 1846 and is visible from a distance of.The monument is situated on Black Down, a hill overlooking the English Channel near Portesham in Dorset, England, on the road between Abbotsbury and Martinstown. It was restored in 1900 by his descendants and bought in 1938 by the National Trust for the sum of £15.The monument was designed to look like a spyglass, as Admiral Hardy would have used on board ship. Its eight corners are aligned with the compass points. Viewed from the ground the corner to the right of the lightning conductor points due south. The bench mark on the northwest face denotes the altitude of Black Down at.
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  • Paul likes a good walk at the weekends, I too enjoy walking but with Paul we are talking all day walks, we generally look for places we can take Ted (our overly enthusiastic pug X griffon terrier) Hav...  more »
  • Was a little hard to find ....Very windy once up there and out of the car. We were early in the day and car park was not open. We parked along the road, it was quiet. The tower itself was locked up. T...  more »
  • I had been aware of this monument for decades but never got around to paying a visit, so on my latest stay in Dorset, and having recently re-read The Trumpet Major, decided to stop off. A breezy day a...  more »
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  • Interesting folly which dominates the landscape, it can be seen for miles - well worth a visit, great view from this high point a particularly interesting location for a photographer with a powerful zoom lens. For walkers there are plenty of walking trails crossing the landscape below. Choose your route carefully and enjoy the scenery
  • The view is great especially from the top of the tower. It is not open much though and is too expensive in my opinion. There are lots of nice walks surrounding the monument. It is a real shame that the car park is mostly closed but you can park down the hill or in some turn it's nearby.
  • Stunning views across the Dorchester and Weymouth area. The monument is not always open so check the national trust website.
  • The monument can be seen from far and inevitably you are drawn to it. Unfortunately the car park was not open and there were few walks that looked promising. Great views though.
  • Free parking and entry for National Trust members. Great views of Portland and the Fleet.

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