Admiral Hood Monument

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Hood monument
Admiral Hood Monument is located in Somerset
Admiral Hood Monument
Location within Somerset
General information
Architectural style Tuscan column
Town or city Compton Dundon
Country England
Coordinates 51°06′05″N 2°43′17″W / 51.101356°N 2.721306°W / 51.101356; -2.721306
Completed 1831[1]
Technical details
Size 110 feet (33.5 m) high
Design and construction
Architect Henry Goodridge

The Hood monument is a memorial column to Sir Samuel Hood on a hill near Butleigh in the parish of Compton Dundon, Somerset, England. It was completed in 1831 to a design by Henry Goodridge.


Monument crown

The monument is a 110 feet (33.5 m) Tuscan column on a cuboid ashlar base set on two tall steps, the lower supporting a wrought iron railing enclosure.[2] The proportions of the monument were based on those of Trajan's column in Rome.[3] There was originally a doorway in the base, but this was sealed in 1990.[2] The monument culminates in a band of laurel wreaths beneath a naval crown, composed of the sculpted sterns of four galleons interspersed with four mainsails.[4] It was carved by Gahagan of Bath.[3]

The monument was paid for by public subscription and designed by the architect Henry Goodridge.[1][5] It was originally linked to the Hood family home at Butleigh by a mile long avenue of cedar trees.[6] The inscription was composed by Sir James Mackintosh.[3]

It has been designated by English Heritage as a grade II* listed building.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Admiral Hood Monument". Public Monument and Sculpture Association. Archived from the original on 2011-08-24. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Admiral Hood Monument". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  3. ^ a b c "SIR SAMUEL HOOD". The United Service Magazine: 384. 1831. 
  4. ^ Holt, Jonathan (2007). Somerset Follies. Bath: Akeman Press. ISBN 978-0-9546138-7-7. 
  5. ^ The United Service Magazine gives his name as "Goodriche"
  6. ^ "Follies". South Somerset. Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  7. ^ "Hood family monument". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-10-24.