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Farley Mount
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Highest point
Elevation 174 m (571 ft)
Geography
OS grid SU403290

Farley Mount is a hill and one of the highest points in Hampshire. It is located within Farley Mount Country Park, situated about four miles west of the historic city of Winchester, Hampshire. It is locally famous for being the subject of a folk song, 'On Farley Mount'. It featured the line oh on Farley Mount the clouds drift by, rustling the trees, on Farley mount I wonder why, what troubles you and I, blue is the sky and so are your eyes, oh left alone on Farley Mount. It is believed to date back to at least the sixteenth century and is still sung in pubs in the area.

Monument

On top of the mount is a folly, which stands as a monument to a horse named 'Beware Chalk Pit', which carried its owner to a racing victory in 1734, a year after falling into a twenty-five feet deep chalk pit while out hunting.

Aerial shot of Farley Mount and Monument
Farley Mount

There are plaques on the interior and exterior of the monument, which read:

Underneath lies buried a horse, the property of Paulet St. John Esq., that in the month of September 1733 leaped into a chalk pit twenty-five feet deep afoxhuntiing with his master on his back and in October 1734 he won the Hunters Plate on Worthy Downs and was rode by his owner and was entered in the name of "Beware Chalk Pit".

The folk band Contraband recorded "Beware Chalk Pit" by Graham Penny, featuring the words: There's a tale I'll tell to you, tis remarkable but true, of Sir Paulet St. John and his noble steed, an event as you shall see, back in seventeen thirty three, of which Hampshire gentlemen should all take heed. CHORUS: Beware Chalk Pit, Beware Chalk Pit, as you go galloping o'er the downs, Beware Chalk Pit.

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