The Alfred, Lord Tennyson Monument, made of Cornish granite and standing 38' high, is on Tennyson Down between Freshwater Bay and The Needles in the far west of the Isle of Wight. Tennyson lived at Farringford just below 'The Noble Down' as he wrote in one of his poems. The Farringford Literary & Arts Society meets there regularly and recently hosted a performance of his Enoch Arden by the actor Michael York and pianist John Bell Young. The ashes of their first President, Richard J. Hutchings were scatterd near the monument on September 17 1991 and there is a seat dedicated to him on which walkers can rest their weary feet. His son wrote a poem 'Take a Seat'on the occasion of its dedication. There was a very large gathering in 1897 when the monument was dedicated and there is a wonderful picture of the event which was presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
name: Elizabeth Hutchings
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