The Lansdowne Monument

Stone monument with sunset behind

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.

White horse

Cherhill White Horse

The impressive chalk-cut white horse on Cherhill Down can be seen as you drive along the A4 between Marlborough and Calne.