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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
South Oxfordshire
Town
Chalgrove
County
Oxfordshire
Country
England
Commemoration
English Civil Wars (1642-1651)
Maker
William Scoular (Sculptor)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 18 June 1843
    Attended by: Lord Nugent
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
59918
Current location

Grassed triangular road junction island
opposite Warpsgrove Lane entrance to Chalgrove Airfield,
Hampden Monument
Monument Road
Chalgrove
South Oxfordshire
Oxfordshire
OX44 7RW
England

OS Grid Ref: SU 64588 97180
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Two-stepped square base surmounted by a large square sectioned column-like plinth, overhanging collar & large square sectioned tapering obelisk. Family coat of arms carved within a circular relief on the front face. On another face is Hampden's name with a portrait in relief. The south side has a list of subscribers, and the north, the incised inscription. An arrow-headed, primary iron perimeter fence is attached, angled outwards, between the lower & upper step interface. The whole memorial is further enclosed by a vertical alternating spiked & split-headed spiked iron railing fence. all located on a grassed triangular road junction island.
Inscription
HERE, / IN THE FIELDS OF CHALGROVE / JOHN HAMPDEN, / AFTER AN ABLE AND STRENUOUS / BUT UNSUCCESSFUL RESISTANCE / IN PARLIAMENT / AND BEFORE THE JUDGES OF THE LAND / TO THE MEASURES OF AN ARBITRARY COURT / FIRST TOOK ARMS / ASSEMBLING THE LEVIES OF THE ASSOCIATED COUNTIES / OF BUCKINGHAM AND OXFORD / IN 1642. / WITHIN A FEW PACES OF THIS SPOT / HE RECEIVED THE WOUND OF WHICH HE DIED / WHILE FIGHTING IN DEFENCE / OF THE FREE MONARCHY / AND ANCIENT LIBERTIES OF ENGLAND / JUNE 18. 1643 / IN THE TWO HUNDREDTH YEAR / FROM THAT DAY / THIS STONE WAS RAISED / IN REVERENCE TO HIS NAME.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Hampden, John
See details
Commemorations
  • English Civil Wars (1642-1651)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Forename, surname,manner of death, additional
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland, Stone - York
  • Frame
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Metal
  • Fence/ Railing
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Cast Iron
  • Figure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble - Carrara
Listing information
Condition
History
By the 1880s a tapered obelisk was added to the original flat-topped memorial. At a later date the metal frame splayed out from the base to prevent people climbing on the memorial, recorded in 1850, was removed, and the memorial is now surrounded by iron railings
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Reference
  • THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE BATTLEFIELDS OF BRITAIN by SMURTHWAITE, D 144 / 1993 edition Source: Image Library
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Hampden, John (1595-1643) Published:Oxford University Press 2004 John Hampden was wounded in battle at Chalgrove on 18 June 1643, and died of his injury on 24 June at Thame.
  • The Times 20 June 1843, p.5 col.e; 26 June 1843 p.4 col.a; 27 June 1843 p.7 col.f (two letters) Report of unveiling, a comment on the report from Lord Nugent, with a rejoinder from the reporter and a letter on Hampden genealogy
  • 'Chalgrove in Focus', 'Chalgrove An Oxfordshire Village', 'Footsteps Through Chalgrove', 'Chalgrove Scene Through The Lens'
  • Geograph www.geograph.org.uk/photo/139745

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