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Ripon Obelisk
Market Square, Ripon, North Yorkshire
Ripon Obelisk
associated engineer
Nicholas Hawksmoor
date  1702
UK era  Stuart  |  category  Monument, historical  |  reference  SE311712
photo  Jane Joyce
This is the earliest free-standing obelisk in the UK. It was designed by the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor, famous for his East London churches.
The obelisk is part of Ripon's "new" market square, which took its shape from that of a Roman forum, the obelisk replacing an old market cross.
It was restored and remodelled in 1781.
"The Story of Ripon"
Maurice Taylor
MH & DM Taylor, Ripon, 1998 [ pamphlet ]

Ripon Obelisk