Friday Fact No.8: Victoria Monument

Chobham Commom MemorialIf you’ve driven between Sunningdale and Chobham on the B383 Chobham Road, you’re sure to have seen this monument high up on Chobham Common. Known as the Victoria Monument, because it commemorates Queen Victoria and her review of troops on Chobham Common.

The exact words on the monument are:

In memory of the noble life of Queen Victoria who reviewed 8129 of her troops on this common June 21st 1853.

After a reign of 63 years she rested from her labours January 22nd 1901

This cross is erected by 400 parishioners 1901

I like all our peculiar monuments dotted around the British countryside. It reminds me of the time when, as a boy, I-Spy books were a source of enjoyment.

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