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Obelisk to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

A Grade II Listed Building in Stainborough, Barnsley

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Latitude: 53.5226 / 53°31'21"N

Longitude: -1.5232 / 1°31'23"W

OS Eastings: 431710

OS Northings: 402988

OS Grid: SE317029

Mapcode National: GBR KWTP.1Z

Mapcode Global: WHCBR.KQWC

Entry Name: Obelisk to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Listing Date: 18 March 1968

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1151068

English Heritage Legacy ID: 333923

Location: Stainborough, Barnsley, S75

County: Barnsley

Civil Parish: Stainborough

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): South Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Silkstone All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text

1/48 Obelisk to
Lady Mary Wortley-Montagu
Obelisk. 1747, erected by the Second Earl of Strafford. Ashlar sandstone.
Plinth. Moulded base and cornice to square die with badly-weathered inscription
on marble panel, the inscription now recorded on C20 inset ashlar slab. Obelisk
with pyramidal cap. Inscription reads:

'TO THE MEMORY / of the Rt. Hon. Lady / Mary Wortley Montagu / who in the Year
1720 / Introduced Inoculation / of the Small Pox into / England from Turkey /
S... 17..'

Closes the vista of Broad Avenue seen to the west from the Palladian front of
Wentworth Castle; known as the Sun Monument since it is said to have had a bronze
bowl finial to reflect the sun's rays to Wortley Hall and the Wortleys' lodge on
Wharncliffe Crag.

Lady Mary introduced the small pox innoculation after her return from Constantinople
in 1718; she was an early pioneer in the work which did not become general until
Janner's discoveries of the early Cl9 and compulsory innoculation in 1853.

Concise Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford), pp. 688, 891.

Listing NGR: SE3171002987

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