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TitleOfWork: Duke of Argyll's Monument
DescriptionOfPhoto: view of Minerva on top of the monument
DateOfCreation: 1744
Medium: ashlar and sandstone
Location: Wentworth Castle Estate
AtoZReference: (SE432402)
TownOrVillage: Stainborough
AreaInTown: Wentworth Castle Estate
MetropolitanBorough: Barnsley
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: b069f
Description: A massive Corinthian column in the parkland of the estate. A statue of Minerva is on top of the capital. The column is mounted on a square pedestal. 12 octagonal bollards are arranged around the column, these would have held a chain around the monument to deter cattle.

Inscription: On the front face of the pedestal: TO THE MEMORY / OF HIS GRACE / JOHN DUKE OF ARGYLL / AND GREENWICH / Who died October ye. 4th 1743 / This Collumn was Dedicated in / 1744

Commission: William, 2nd Earl of Strafford (2nd creation). The Duke of Argyll was his father-in-law. The column was located to one side of the original drive to Wentworth Castle.
A bill for 27 12s 6d was presented to the Earl by Joseph Bower dated 3 December and paid on 19 December 1742. This included items detailing work on the shaft, base and cap of the memorial and additionally 17s 0d for "working and setting 12 stones round the Collum". [1] There is no record of the provenance of the statue on top of the column.

References: [1] Extracts from the Wentworth Castle Estates Records. p.82

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