History in Structure

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

The Obelisk

A Grade II Listed Building in Northampton, Northamptonshire

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »
Street View
Contributor Photos »

Street View is the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the building. In some locations, Street View may not give a view of the actual building, or may not be available at all. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.


Latitude: 52.2799 / 52°16'47"N

Longitude: -0.8969 / 0°53'48"W

OS Eastings: 475354

OS Northings: 265210

OS Grid: SP753652

Mapcode National: GBR BVW.22D

Mapcode Global: VHDRS.DYQM

Entry Name: The Obelisk

Listing Date: 9 December 1968

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1039752

English Heritage Legacy ID: 231862

Location: Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN2

County: Northamptonshire

District: Northampton

Town: Northampton

Electoral Ward/Division: Obelisk

Built-Up Area: Northampton

Traditional County: Northamptonshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Northamptonshire

Church of England Parish: Kingsthorpe St John the Baptist, St David and St Mark

Church of England Diocese: Peterborough

Find accommodation in

Listing Text

The Obelisk
SP 76 NE 16/107 9.12.68

White sandstone obelisk on pedestal. About 100 feet high on ground, highest in
neighbourhood, about 450 feet above sea level. Erected by order of Lord Strafford,
of Boughton Manor, friend of the 4th Duke of Devonshire, educated here when young
by his tutor the Rector of Boughton. Originally bore an inscription:
"This Obelisk was erected in the year 1764 in memory of His Grace William Cavendish
Duke of Devonshire.
There in the Rich, the Honour'd, Fam'd and Great,
See the false seat of Happiness Compleat."
See George E Stevenson, A Short Guide to Boughton. William 4th Duke of Devonshire
(1720-64) was Prime Minister 1756-57.

Listing NGR: SP7535465210

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

Selected Sources

Source links go to a search for the specified title at Amazon. Availability of the title is dependent on current publication status. You may also want to check AbeBooks, particularly for older titles.

Other nearby listed buildings

BritishListedBuildings.co.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact BritishListedBuildings.co.uk for any queries related to any individual listed building, planning permission related to listed buildings or the listing process itself.

British Listed Buildings is a Good Stuff website.