Eldon Seat

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The Eldon Seat was erected in October 1835 on the slope below Swyre Head.

eldon seat old image

The following extract is taken from ‘The Public and Private Life of Lord Chancellor Eldon’ by Horace Twiss:

In the course of this autumn, Lord Eldon and his daughter Lady Elizabeth erected a stone seat at Encombe, on a spot of rising ground near the sea, to the south of his house, on which he caused the following inscriptions to be placed, east, north, and west respectively :
“ELDON SEAT.”
” 1835.”
“THE FIRST STONE OF THIS SEAT WAS LAID BY THE LADY E. REPTON, THE ELDER DAUGHTER OF THE FIRST EARL OF ELDON, XV. OCTOBER, MDCCCXXXV.**

The location of the seat was a spot where Lord Eldon loved walking to with his favourite dog Pincher. A short distance away is another stone beneath which Pincher, a German spaniel, is buried.

eldon seat plus pincher
The Eldon Seat and Pincher’s Stone
geograph-451898-by-Chris-Downer
The Eldon Seat.
Copyright Chris Downer 2005 and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.
view from eldon seat towards white nothe by walks 4 softies
The view from the Eldon Seat looking towards White Nothe.
Photo courtesy of  walks4softies.com
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Map showing the position of the Eldon Seat just below Swyre Head.

Page last updated: 29 January 2021


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