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Durlston Head 6/7

The Great Globe at Swanage is one of the largest stone spheres in the world. The Great Globe is constructed of Portland stone. It weighs about 40 tonnes and is 3 metres (10 ft.) in diameter. The Globe, which is made of Portland stone, consists of 15 segments, with four stones for each of the lower three courses and three in the top-most course, the segments connected by granite dowels. Its surface is carved in detail and lettered to show the continents, oceans and certain more specific areas of the world. In the year of its creation, it was erected by W.M. Hardy upon a platform chopped 136 feet (41 m) above sea level into the solid rock of the hill. Around the Globe is a set of stone plaques carved with quotations from English and Roman poets and the Bible, as well as facts about the natural world. These were not completed until 1891.

Durlston Head 6/7

The Great Globe at Swanage is one of the largest stone spheres in the world. The Great Globe is constructed of Portland stone. It weighs about 40 tonnes and is 3 metres (10 ft.) in diameter. The Globe, which is made of Portland stone, consists of 15 segments, with four stones for each of the lower three courses and three in the top-most course, the segments connected by granite dowels. Its surface is carved in detail and lettered to show the continents, oceans and certain more specific areas of the world. In the year of its creation, it was erected by W.M. Hardy upon a platform chopped 136 feet (41 m) above sea level into the solid rock of the hill. Around the Globe is a set of stone plaques carved with quotations from English and Roman poets and the Bible, as well as facts about the natural world. These were not completed until 1891.

comments (9)

  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 3 Mar 2018, 01:53
Yest another wonderful thing I had never heard of before, Brian.
Brian Walbey: It is an amazing item of carving.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 3 Mar 2018, 07:38
A famous piece of sculpture. When I was a child it was HUGE but has shrunk over the years
Brian Walbey: I remember we first saw this during our honeymoon in 1971, I can imagine it seemd huge to you when you were a youngster.
I have not heard of this before Brian
Brian Walbey: It is an amazing item of carving.
Wht a wonderful thing to see., especially by a child, like Chris.
Brian Walbey: I remember we first saw this during our honeymoon in 1971, it is a fine piece of sculpture and for the past few days will have been covered up by this snow we've been having, especially in the area where this is.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 3 Mar 2018, 12:39
Quite an achievement, Brian
Brian Walbey: I remember we first saw this during our honeymoon in 1971, it is a very impressive sculpture although I guess a lot of the country names have changed by now.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Mar 2018, 15:14
This mustr be very interesting for children to study, I recognise Africa, the continent with the most problems! The view on the Channel is wonderful.
Brian Walbey: I remember we first saw this during our honeymoon in 1971, it is a very impressive sculpture although I guess a lot of the country names have changed by now. There is a lovely view out over the Solent towards the Isle of Wight from this point.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Mar 2018, 16:27
I never realised that the Great Globe is so old; I always assumed it was more modern.I leant that it was constructed in Greenwich and moved to Swanage by sea. Its good to know that the name Mowlem still lives on. I hope it is secure; you would not want to be in front of that if it started to roll off its plinth.
Brian Walbey: Yes it does eem to have quite a history. We first saw it back in 1971, I guess a lot of the countries names have changed by now though.
Oh I really like that! Great montage to show it off!
Brian Walbey: I suspect a lot of the country names have chnaged since that was sculptured.
Atlas had to be tired, and deposited there.
Brian Walbey: Atlas would certainly have had to be very strong smile

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