To mark the 250th anniversary of the Burton Pynsent monument, it will be open on Saturday 19th August 2017, 11am — 4pm.
Get set folks and hope for good weather.....
Inside the column there is a spiral staircase leading up to the lantern affording spectacular views. Owner Tim Schroder will be opening the monument to would be climbers in what could be a once in a generation moment. The moment is usually kept locked because of insurance requirements.
Lonely Prospect Tower perched on Troy Hill
Parking up from path short walk
Burton Pynsent Monument,
Curry Rivel Column,
and Cider Monument
Born of opposition of a hogshead cider tax
In June 1948 did a heifer climb it's 172 steps?
Seen for miles from winding lanes crossing Level plains
Gazing austerely out across flat, water-logged landscape
Moss and lichen clothe it's carved graffiti base
Gothic edifice peppered with metal pin piercings
Once it stood amongst erected temples and follies
It only now survives
by Woken Veil
Burton Pynsent Monument
Oh commanding belvedere with shaft rising
Atop a platform and four windows capped by urn and finial
Entry Pedestal pierced by entrance doorway
With steel door firmly shut.
Thrusting rocketlike into Curry Rivel skies
Piercing a West Sedge Moor levels ridge.
William Pitt, the Elder, did commission thee
Capability Brown by design did build this obelisk.
Thy iron railing skirt is now gone
Perhaps to dance and dart above thee in a Spitfire dogfight.
Your surface spalling, crumbling, abrasions, cracks and splits
but stands against it's condition, vandalism and the Cider Tax.
by Woken Veil
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