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photoblog image The Triumphal Arch at Parlington Hall

The Triumphal Arch at Parlington Hall

 

This is the only monument in the UK that celebrates America gaining independence. It was erected by Thomas Gascoigne, the 8th Baronet, in 1783. You can't read the inscription at the top of the arch in this photograph but it reads "LIBERTYI N N.AMERICA TRIUMPHANT MDCCLXXXIII".

 

It is said that the Prince Regent, later George IV was passing through this part of Yorkshire and was to lunch at Parlington. On coming to the arch under which he would have to pass and being informed of its purpose he declared that he would not enter the house of a man who could thus perpetuate the memory of England's defeat and immediately turned back.

The Triumphal Arch at Parlington Hall

 

This is the only monument in the UK that celebrates America gaining independence. It was erected by Thomas Gascoigne, the 8th Baronet, in 1783. You can't read the inscription at the top of the arch in this photograph but it reads "LIBERTYI N N.AMERICA TRIUMPHANT MDCCLXXXIII".

 

It is said that the Prince Regent, later George IV was passing through this part of Yorkshire and was to lunch at Parlington. On coming to the arch under which he would have to pass and being informed of its purpose he declared that he would not enter the house of a man who could thus perpetuate the memory of England's defeat and immediately turned back.

comments (7)

Well - how wonderful is that! Thanks for the great photo and history!

According to Frank, England was not defeated... but got bored and left us to it... smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Jul 2014, 07:58
Absolutely fascinating Paul
At least George IV didn't have it knocked down.
Well he was a bit rude wasn't he? He could have rode around it, nice photo of it Paul.
Too bad it disturbed George's sensibilities... I think it's a fine monument. Of course I am biased... smile
Too bad it disturbed George's sensibilities... I think it's a fine monument. Of course I am biased... smile
Its great to hear the story about the Prince Regent and a lovely picture.

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