After two days of church roofs you may, understandably, have thought this was a third.

Beware the Chalk Pit
‘Beware Chalk Pit’

However it isn’t a church. It is a memorial at the top of a hill, known as Farley Mount, on the outskirts of Winchester, and you may be surprised to learn who is buried here. The inscription reads;

‘Underneath lies buried a horse, the property of Paulet St. John Esq, that in the month of September 1733 leaped into a chalk pit twenty-five feet deep a foxhunting with his master on his back and in October 1734 he won the Hunters Plate on Worthy Downs and was rode by his owner and was entered in the name of Beware Chalk Pit’.

Rather a glorious memorial don’t you think? By the way don’t forget I am at the wedding today, and consequently I am not envisaging checking in for a day or two. So apologies now for delays with pingbacks, but I will be back in touch soon.

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