right has been changed to show how the obelisk might have looked when new. It was
reduced in height after a storm in 1815 and originally rose out of a circular pool.
The Queen Square obelisk records the visit of Frederick, Prince of Wales. He never
lived to be king. The three men who made the greatest impact on the Georgian city
built this obelisk 1729-1736. It was designed by John Wood and paid for by Beau Nash.
The stone was donated by Ralph Allen, Early in my stone masonry apprenticeship (1975)
with the Bath and Portland stone Firms I made stones for the base of the obelisk.
Later in 1982 I was able to apply methods I had learned at Wells Cathedral using
lime techniques. I replaced stones near the top of the obelisk but I made them appear
aged so they do not appear newly cut like the stones I made in 1975.