This towering hexagonal monument was brought to Swanage from London by George Burt – a local businessman and founding father of much of the town’s heritage – in 1892.

It stands upon a prehistoric barrow (a mound of earth typically situated over an important grave) on North Hill and commemorates the provision of a new water supply to Swanage.

You can walk to it from Victoria Avenue car park for stunning views across Swanage Bay from this unique standpoint.

For a shorter walk, there is a parking area on Ulwell Road at the foot of the hill up to the Obelisk.