Record Details

NHER Number:4208
Type of record:Building
Name:The Fransham Obelisk, Little Dunham

Summary

This gault brick obelisk with stone dressings was erected in 1814 by John and Mary Drostier (or Drozier) to celebrate peace at the end of the Napoleonic wars. Mary Drostier was an aunt of Nelson. The obelisk has an inscribed pedestal and a plaque on the shaft in memory of Nelson. It was originally erected in order to be visible from Curd's Hall (NHER 4203) where the Drostiers lived.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 8819 1249
Map Sheet:TF81SE
Parish:LITTLE DUNHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

The Fransham Obelisk.

Could not be found 25 May 1978 by E. Rose (NAU) and presumed destroyed, but (S1) as still there, so presumably undergrowth since cleared. Erected 1814 by John Drostier to mark the Peace; of gault brick with stone dressings. Inscribed pedestal. Plaque on shaft in memory of Nelson.
E. Rose (NAU), 24 October 1983.

Erected by John Droster of Curd's Hall, Great Fransham in commemoration of Peace Anno Domini MDCCCXIV, the upper plaque reads: "Nelson of the Nile Trafalgar Obit 21n of Oct 1805 Eatatis 47", but actually stands a few metres into the neighbouring parish of Little Dunham. Now it stands over a mile from the nearest road half hidden in a hedgerow between two East Anglian wheat prairie fields, but two hundred year ago it stood framed by an avenue of trees running west from the now demolished Curd's Hall. Curd’s Hall was bought by John Drosier from the estate of William Nelson the great-uncle of Horatio Nelson. The Curd family came to Norfolk in the time of Henry III but for some reason changed the family name from Crudd. The obelisk (or obilisk as John Drosier called it) is built of Norfolk Whites, a type of brick fired from the local boulder clay (S2).
Still there in 2006 (S2) and a Listed Building.
D. Gurney (HES), 29 August 2013.

Monument Types

  • OBELISK (Post Medieval to Modern - 1814 AD to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Newspaper Article: Lynn News. 1990. Photograph of the obelisk. 10 July.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1986. Nelson links are amazing. 15 December.
---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Scheduling record: English Heritage. List of Buildings of Historical and Architectural Interest.
<S2>Website: 2006. The Fransham Obelisk to Nelson and the Peace of 1814.

Related records

4203Parent of: Site of Curds Hall (Monument)

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