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Latitude: 51.6212 / 51°37'16"N
Longitude: -0.5522 / 0°33'7"W
OS Eastings: 500324
OS Northings: 192362
OS Grid: TQ003923
Mapcode National: GBR F6X.C64
Mapcode Global: VHFSQ.CJX2
Entry Name: Gott's Monument at the National Society for Epilepsy
Listing Date: 22 December 1958
Last Amended: 30 April 2007
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1124827
English Heritage Legacy ID: 44772
Location: Chalfont St. Peter, Chiltern, Buckinghamshire, SL9
Civil Parish: Chalfont St. Peter
Built-Up Area: Gerrards Cross
Traditional County: Buckinghamshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire
Church of England Parish: Chalfont St Peter
Church of England Diocese: Oxford
This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 24/02/2012
TQ 09 SW
CHALFONT ST PETER
Gott's Monument at the National Society for Epilepsy
(formerly listed as Obelisk, Monument Lane, Chalfont Common)
Obelisk milestone constructed in 1785, restored in 1879 and altered in the 1960s. Flint rubble with an inscribed stone plaque surrounded by a brick border. The plaque is at horseback height. The inscription on the plaque reads:
To NEWLAND I Mile III Furl.g's
To Chesham VII Miles
Built by Sir H T Gott
Restored by W Brown in 1879
To Denham IV Miles
To Uxbridge VI Miles
There is also an incised pointing hand between the 17 and 85 of the first line of inscription.
HISTORY: The monument was erected in 1785 by Sir H T Gott, and sits at the entrance to the Chalfont Epilepsy colony. Local tradition suggests that the monument either commemorates a hunt attended by George III, or an incident in which the king got lost in the forest surrounding the monument.
The monument was damaged by a lightning strike in 1879, and repaired by W Brown. After a second lightning strike in the 1960s the height of the obelisk was reduced from 60ft to about 20ft.
SOURCES: C Haines, Marking the Miles, A History of English Milestones (Norwich, 2000), 97.
Summary of Importance: Milestones are important indicators of C18 and C19 road use, in a period which saw significant changes to transport and road engineering. Gott's Monument is a historically very interesting because of its combined use as both milestone and commemorative monument.
Listing NGR: TQ0032492362
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