A comment on this blog from Les Christian says that “I should get out more”, which is what I did yesterday. Visiting friends, Camberley Library, and the Obelisk in Camberley Park. Hope this counts as getting out.
I say that the Obelisk in Camberley Park is free from modern graffiti, though not from the historic kind. The modern kind is almost always crude, and aims to despoil, while historic graffiti is more subtle.
Successful work to clear trees and scrub from the side of the Obelisk has provided a view over Camberley. The modern graffiti has been removed, such that it’s now pleasant to arrive at the Obelisk from the Camberley Park path.
In the 19th century, cadets from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst ventured up to the Obelisk, and left their marks, carving their names, or platoons, into a brick. Their marks were clearly picked out in the late afternoon sun. Dates of 1858, 1888 could be seen. I’m sure someone has researched all the names, because their are many of them. How true it is I don’t know that Winston Churchill’s inscription can be seen on a brick on the inside of the Obelisk.
Here are my photos of the visit. Click on an image to expand.