Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

The Monument, Ottery St Mary, Devon

This rather imposing monument is surrounded by a lovely area of historical and/or interesting buildings, not least the beautiful parish church of St Mary from which the town is partly named, and which can also be seen in the background of the photo above.

It's set in the place where the town stocks originally stood. Now situated in St Mary's churchyard, the stocks can be seen in the photo below, albeit a little dark and which I'll substitute for a better one when I can get back again to take more. 

I must admit that I find the design rather lacking in that it looks just like a rather plain gatepost...and that is exactly what it is, or at least a copy of one. Based on the gateposts at Kensington Palace, it was built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.

Looking eastwards, above, the old town hall (now comprising the library and the Ottery Gazette) can be seen in the background.

Just in case the inscription isn't very clear, it reads:

"At the close of the sixtieth year of the reign of Victoria, the townsfolk of this place set up this stone to hand onto those who came after the happy memory of a great a wise and a virtuous QUEEN 1837 - 1897"

And, below, looking southwards down Silver Street, where there are several other listed buildings. Not a huge amount about it, but some nice bits of history nonetheless, something which I always find fascinating with monuments and how they came about and why.

These few photos can also be seen in the Photo Gallery album.

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