The Lansdowne Monument
An iconic landmark that can be seen for miles around, this monument was built in 1845 to commemorate Sir William Petty.
Built as an ‘eye-catcher’ by the 3rd Marquis of Lansdowne when it was at the edge of the Bowood estate. It commemorates one of his ancestors, Sir William Petty (1627-1684) physician and surveyor.
Standing at 120 foot (38m), the stone obelisk was designed by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament and Highclere Castle.
The monument was acquired by the National Trust in 1988.