History of the Wale memorial

"Portrait of Gregory Wale when about 5 years old painted 1668." From A Record of Shelford Parva by Fanny Wale P61
The Wale obelisk was erected in 1739 on Maggot’s Mount on Newton Road on the outskirts of Little Shelford.

Gregory Wale and James Church used to meet regularly at this place, and they agreed that when one of them died, the survivor should put up a monument to his friend's memory on the very spot where they so often met.

The monument is inscribed as follows:

"To the Memory of Gregory Wale Esq, Justice of the Peace for this County. Deputy Lieutenant. County Treasurer. Conservator of the River Cam. He lived an advocate for liberty. A good subject. An agreeable companion, a faithful friend, an hospitable neighbour, and in all parts of life a useful member of society. He died June 5th 1739 in the 71st year of his age: universally lamented, and was buried in the parish church of Little Shelford. This obelisk was erected by his surviving friend James Church Esq as a public testimony of his regard to the memory of so worthy a gentleman."

After the death of Gregory Wale, his granddaughter Margot Wale often used to walk up the mount and was very fond of it. At the latter end of her life she would lie at her window and watch her little hill and her friends and the country people got into the habit of calling it "Margot's Mount" and in later years this was corrupted to "Maggot's Mount."

Gregory Wale is buried at All Saints’ Church. He was Lord of the Manor of Tiptofts in Harston, Cambridgeshire from 1731–1735.

   L to R Valerie Luff (Parish Clerk) Parish Councillors Joan Church, Brenda Bishop, Rosemary Nicholls (Chairman), Ivor Pearl and Charles Day at the reopening of the Wale Memorial.  
 Restoring the inscription of the Wale Memorial in Rattee and Kett's workshop.