Hardy Monument, Dorset.  by Nicola J. Spooner

Hardy Monument, Dorset.

Rarely is a monument both striking and useful, but when this giant mock spyglass was built back in 1844 in memory of Vice Admiral ('kiss me') Hardy, his family wanted a monument that could also be used as a landmark for shipping, hence it stands high upon the summit of Blackdown with a stunning view of the Dorset coastline. Moreover, the Hardy monument is also the Meridian for the 6 inch and 1:2500 Ordnance Survey maps for Somerset and Dorset, making this piece of History still useful in ways one wouldn't have expected.