Thursday, July 02, 2015

SOME SUSSEX "FOLLIES": Gibraltar Tower & Toat Monument

iii. Gibraltar Tower, Heathfield Park
OS Grid Reference: TQ587902139
Date: 1793
Built by: Francis Newberry from a design by John Crunden.
Construction: Ashlar; 55 feet high.

Built to commemorate the heroism of Lord Heathfield who defended Gibraltar in 1779 - 1783 against Spain and France.

iv. Toat Monument, near Pulborough
OS Grid Reference: TQ0498521583
Date: 1827
Built by: Samuel Drinkwater
Construction: Ashlar; 40 feet high.

A plaque indicates that it was erected in memory of Samuel Drinkald. Legend has it that Drinkald was thrown from his horse and both died on this spot, and that horse and rider are buried upside down underneath the monument.

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