I have the honour to acquaint you that there has not been any
communication from the Rev'd. George Turner proprietor of the ground
selected for the Semaphore Station on Pewley Hill near Guildford ...
Thomas Goddard, letter to Admiralty Commissioners, 24th August 1820
Date 1995 December 29th.
Lens 50mm F1.8
Problems with big infrastructure projects aren't new. Semaphore House (not open to the public) formed part of a chain of signaling stations to enable Whitehall to communicate with Portsmouth.
Goddard obtained the land three weeks later for £120. Might fetch a little more than that today.
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