The Hardy Monument was erected in memory of Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy. Hardy was captain of HMS Victory during the Battle Of Trafalgar. Admiral Nelson was shot as he paced the deck of Victory with Hardy. Nelson was carried below, and at some point as he lay dying Nelson is supposed to have said "kiss me Hardy".
Vice Admiral Hardy was born in the village of Portesham in Dorset, less than a mile from the monument which was built in his honour five years after his death in 1839. He was a distant relative of the novelist Thomas Hardy, who would have been able to see the monument from the window of his cottage in Higher Bockhampton as he worked on Under The Greenwood Tree, and Far From The Madding Crowd in the 1870s. Today the view is blocked by trees.
Opening Times: The Hardy Monument is now owned by the National Trust. The site is open for visiting at any time, the Monument itself underwent extensive restoration in 2011. Please use contact details below for details of opening times. When open visitors can climb to the top and admire beautiful views. An idea of the views is given in the pictures below.
Address: Hardy Monument, Black Down, Portesham, Dorset DT2 9HY.
View to the south: Portland is on the left
View to the north
Directions: The monument sits in a lovely location high above the Dorset coast. Turn off the B3157 at Portesham and follow signs to Hardy Monument. Click here for an interactive road and satellite map centred on the Hardy Monument.
Access: The ground surrounding the monument is uneven, and only partly accessible for someone in a wheelchair. The monument itself has steps leading to the top and is not accessible for those with mobility problems.
telephone: 01297 489481
web site: www.nationaltrust.org.uk