Welcome to Dorset Allsorts

We'll be posting a variety of facts and photos of whatever takes our fancy as we wander around Dorset. They may be of churches, buildings, visitor attractions or natural scenes – in fact there will be all sorts! We hope they will give you a glimpse of some of the sights this beautiful county has to offer.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Hardy's Monument

Most visitors to this monument assume it's dedicated to the well-known Dorset author, Thomas Hardy.  It was, in fact, erected in honour of Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Admiral of the Fleet and the Hardy in whose arms Nelson died at Trafalgar after saying 'Kismet, Hardy' (or 'Kiss Me, Hardy' if you prefer the more popular version!).

Hardy was born in Dorset and grew up at nearby Portesham Manor.  He left home at the age of 12 to become captain's boy on the HMS Helena and spent virtually the rest of his life at sea.

Although the 70 foot tower is quite imposing, we personally don't think it's particularly attractive!  Apparently it's been described at various times as a factory chimney, a chess pawn, a pepper mill and much worse!

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