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A tall, tapering pillar with a pyramidal top, generally square on plan. Used in Britain from the late 16th century as a public, funerary or garden monument. Usually made of stone but can be of other materials, including topiary.

obelisk, Mayfield Park, Southampton, England

View of an obelisk at Mayfield Park, Southampton, England.  Photograph copyright:  Hampshire Gardens Trust.

The obelisk at Mayfield Park, Southampton, England, also known as Fox's Monument, was erected in 1810 by William Chamberlayne MP in memory of his friend, the Whig politician, Charles James Fox (born 1749, died 1806).  The obelisk at Mayfield Park is made of stone and is set on a square base with 3 steps.