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Burton Pynsent Monument

 

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  • Designed by Capability Brown, this column was constructed with the funds of William Pitt to stand on his estate as a monument to the late Sir William Pynsent who had left the estate to Pitt as a legacy in his will.
  • Essentially a tower, it is constructed with a central core made from stone rubble with Portland stone encasing the outside to give it the look of a Tuscan Doric column inspired by those as left by the Romans.
  • Running up the centre of the column is a staircase that leads to a viewing platform at the top of the column housed in a cupola with arched voids to allow commanding views over the Somerset countryside.
  • This was once upon but has been shut for many years following local legend that a cow managed to roam its way to the top of the column, not once but three times. This is a recurring urban legend for a number of follies and monuments in England including Boot's Folly on the Yorkshire Moors.

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Architect
Capability Brown
Developer
William Pitt

Reference Data

Reference No.
6183
First Uploaded
07-09-2009
Last Editorial Date
07-09-2009
 

Building Location

Address
Troy Hill, Curry Rivel. TA10
Council
South Somerset District Council
County
Somerset
Region
South West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1757
Completion date
1757
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Neo Classical

Roof Height (AGL)
43.00

Market Data

Primary Use
Monuments


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