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FOX’S PULPIT

The remote site of where, on 13th June 1652, George Fox preached to a thousand people and launched the Quaker movement, the Society of Friends. There is a memorial tablet on the rock, which is situated next to the site of a chapel and abandoned graveyard.

Post code is for nearby Newfield Farm and for guidance only.

Location/Address: Shacklabank Lane
Firbank Fell
Nr Sedbergh
County: Cumbria
Post Code: LA10 5EN
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Link to featured article: Fox's Pulpit
Tip/Nearby: Minor road off the A684 west of Sedbergh
Primary Management: Private - open to the public
TROOPER PEARSON

Trooper William Pearson was a survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854. He was born in Penrith in 1826 and died in Kendal in 1909. His grave and memorial are in Parkside Cemetery.

Location/Address: Parkside Cemetery
Parkside Road
Kendal
County: Cumbria
Post Code: LA9 7DU
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: Trooper Pearson and the Charge of the Light Brigade
Tip/Nearby: Kendal Castle
Primary Management: Local Authority
ELISEG’S PILLAR

Part of a ninth-century inscribed stone erected by Cyngen, prince of Powys, in memory of his great-grandfather, Eliseg.

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Location/Address: Abt 2+ miles N of Llangollen on the A542
County: Denbighshire
Post Code: LL20 8DD
Main Historic Period: Dark Ages
Link to featured article: Valle Crucis Abbey
Useful Website Address: Cadwy's listing for Eliseg's Pillar
Tip/Nearby: Near Valle Crucus Abbey. Post code is not 100% accurate.
Primary Management: Cadw
St Nicholas, Moreton

St Nicholas Moreton is world famous for the unusual engraved glass windows by Laurence Whistler and for the grave of Lawrence of Arabia (soldier-philosopher T E Lawrence) in the nearby cemetery, following his funeral in the church. The church was originally dedicated to St Magnus Martyr, Earl of Orkney (why?), but this was changed to St. Nicholas in 1490. A German bomb on 8 October 1940 extensively damaged the church, blowing out all the glass. Created as part of the refurbishment following the war, the 13 engraved glass windows (1955-85) are by Sir Laurence Whistler, who revived glass engraving in the 20th century. Lawrence of Arabia had a bolt-hole at Clouds Hill nearby and was killed on his motorcycle just along the road from it in 1935.

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Location/Address: Moreton
County: Dorset
Post Code: DT2 8RH
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: St Nicholas Moreton website
Tip/Nearby: Clouds Hill, Bovington Tank Museum
Primary Management: Church authorities
GLASGOW NECROPOLIS

Glasgow's most famous Victorian cemetery contains 50,000 burials and an exotic array of memorials to those that could afford them. It is an intriguing place to visit, with great views over the city.

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Location/Address: Castle Street
County: Glasgow
Post Code: G4 0UZ
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: A bit about the Glasgow Necropolis
Tip/Nearby: Glasgow Cathedral
Primary Management: Local Authority
D-DAY MEMORIAL, Southsea

Southsea’s D-Day Memorial is situated close to its Canoe Lake and South Parade Pier.  It resembles a tank trap, thousands of which were placed around Britain’s coast in the Second World War as part of its defence against invasion.  It was almost another world; the seafront was closed off from 1943 to all without a special pass and the beach was covered with barbed wire for the duration.  It is hard to imagine that thousands of troops boarded landing craft from South Parade Pier – additional, temporary, piers were built from scaffolding alongside to speed up the embarkation process – as well as from the Camber on Old Portsmouth, Portsmouth Harbour Station and what is now Portsmouth International Port. Portsmouth was the main departure point for units going to Sword Beach in Normandy.  Local people watched them march through the city, undoubtedly wondering how many would return safely.  27 men from Southsea were killed on D-Day and during the Normandy campaign.

The memorial looks its age.  It was unveiled by Field Marshal the Rt Hon Viscount Montgomery of Alamein on 6 June 1948.

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Location/Address: Junction of St. Helens Parade and Southsea Esplanade near South Parade Pier
Portsmouth
County: Hampshire
Post Code: PO4 9RG
Main Historic Period: Modern
Tip/Nearby: Canoe Lake, Model Village, D-Day Museum
Primary Management: Local Authority
Turkish flag, Gosport

Also known as Clayhall Royal Naval Cemetery, this is the final resting place for some 1500 British sailors.  It opened in 1859 and was the official cemetery for the Royal Naval Hospital, Haslar, which once stood nearby.  For some time, the route between the hospital and the cemetery was playfully labelled known as ‘Dead Man’s Lane’ due to the high number of funeral processions from the former to the latter.  There are graves from both world wars here, as well as the graves of the men of the submarine “L55”, sunk by the Soviets in the Baltic in 1919.  In one corner of the cemetery are the graves of 26 Turkish sailors.

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Location/Address: 48 Clayhall Rd
Gosport
County: Hampshire
Post Code: PA12 2AZ
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Some corner of a foreign field that is forever Turkey
Useful Website Address: CWGC details
Tip/Nearby: Submarine museum, Portsmouth Harbour
Primary Management: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

On the seafront and overlooking Southsea common, Portsmouth Naval Memorial commemorates nearly 10,000 British and Commonwealth sailors of the First World War and almost 15,000 of the Second World War, whose only grave is the sea. After WW1, the Admiralty recommended that the three great Royal Navy ports of Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth should each have an identical memorial of unmistakable naval form, an obelisk, which would serve as a leading mark for shipping. Portsmouth's memorial was unveiled by the Duke of York, later King George VI, on 15 October 1924. The Second World War extension was unveiled by his widow, the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, on 29 April 1953.

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Location/Address: Clarence Esplanade
Southsea
Portsmouth
County: Hampshire
Post Code: PO5 3NT
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Finding George on Portsmouth's Naval Memorial
Useful Website Address: Entry on CWGC website
Tip/Nearby: Royal Garrison Church, Portsmouth Dockyard
Primary Management: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
RUFUS STONE

Iron-clad (originally stone) memorial commemorating the alleged spot where King William II ("Rufus") was killed by an arrow, allegedly by accident, in 1100.

You must be on the A31 eastbound - it is a small turning between Stoney Cross and Cadnum. There is some parking. Post code is approximate.

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Location/Address: Eastbound A31
County: Hampshire
Post Code: SO43 7HD
Main Historic Period: Medieval
Link to featured article: Rufus Stone
Tip/Nearby: It's in the New Forest National Park
Primary Management: National Park
SOUTHSEA ROSE GARDEN

Fragrant and colourful rose garden residing inside what was one "Lump's Fort", a fortification dating back to the 19th century, at least. In 1942, this was where the 'boom patrol', aka 'the Cockleshell Heroes' trained. There is a memorial plaque to them at the entrance to the garden.

Region:
Location/Address: The Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth
County: Hampshire
Post Code: PO4
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: The Rose Garden and the Cockleshell Heroes
Tip/Nearby: Close to the Canoe Lake and Southsea Model Village
Primary Management: Local Authority
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