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Latitude: 51.1402 / 51°8'24"N
Longitude: -1.9897 / 1°59'22"W
OS Eastings: 400818
OS Northings: 137882
OS Grid: SU008378
Mapcode National: GBR 2XK.FSG
Mapcode Global: VHB5F.GLHS
Entry Name: The Wylye Hornblower North of Mill House
Listing Date: 11 February 1997
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1258020
English Heritage Legacy ID: 463203
Location: Wylye, Wiltshire, BA12
Civil Parish: Wylye
Built-Up Area: Wylye
Traditional County: Wiltshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire
Church of England Parish: Middle Wylye Valley
Church of England Diocese: Salisbury
SU 03 NW WYLYE
1183-0/2/10002 The Wylye Hornblower
north of Mill House
Statue. Probably C18. Lead sculpture, about life-size, depicting a young male, almost nude, figure blowing a horn and draped and festooned around the waist; representing the Horn of Plenty. It stands on a rock on a small island in the River Wylye. The left knee is supported on a later metal bar and the statue is said to have been re-set on the rock base in living memory. Reputedly it was installed in the late C18 by the Earl of Pembroke to commemorate the post horn man, who was drowned saving one of the Earl's relatives from drowning when a coach overturned at the old ford over the River Wylye when it was in flood. Also, it is said to be of Roman origin and collected by the Earl of Pembroke on his Grand Tour of Europe, but it would seem to be of C18, possibly Italian, origin. SOURCE: Buildings of England, page 601.
Listing NGR: SU0081837882
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