At the top of one of the paths climbing the Ridgeway out of the village there stood a stone seat, looking out over Weymouth Bay and Portland, inscribed with the single word "Margaret". This was a memorial to Margaret Hobson, who lived in Preston but greatly loved the walks on the hills above Sutton Poyntz.


Inscription on Margaret's Seat

 


The original Margaret's Seat

View from seat over Sutton Poyntz and Preston

Sadly, some time in 2012 the seat back was dislodged from the seat, probably pushed over initially by cattle. Over the months after that, despite attempts at repair, the seat was damaged much more severely, with the back and seat both in about 3 pieces.

A number of locals suggested that this much-loved landscape feature should be restored. Restoration of the original was now not possible, so a repacement seat needed to be commissioned, in a form designed to be completely cattle-proof.

The Sutton Poyntz Society undertook the coordination of a fund-raising effort and the installation of a replacement seat. Agreement was obtained from the Hobson family and also from the landowner. About £2000 was needed.

A number of generous donations were made from a number of people, most notably from Mick Hobson, Margaret's widower, and from County Council will fund the purchase of the replacement seat, from the County Council's "Councillor grant" fund (arranged by David Mannings, our County Councillor).

As a result, it was possible to commission Albion Stone on Portland to cut the stone, which was set in place with help from Peter Broatch, the landowner.

An "opening ceremony" was held on 9th August 2015, attended by villagers and representatives of the Hobson family.


The damaged seat

The new Margaret's Seat, with its view

Mick Hobson enjoying the new seat