Cosway Memorial, Bilsington

Heritage & Regeneration

The Cosway Monument at Bilsington is a grade II listed building , erected in 1835 in memory of local landowner and philanthropist Sir William Richard Cosway, who was killed in a coaching accident nearby. He helped establish a school and supported reforms for agricultural workers in the area. Constructed from local Kent rag stone, the monument stands over fifty feet high and dominates the skyline for some distance.

A donation of £3000 from the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust helped repair lime pointing. Robert Boutwood, secretary to The Bilsington Monument said: “We are immensely grateful to The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust for the donation which has helped with vital restoration work to the monument. This has helped preserve a historical landmark which provides much pleasure to its many visitors and to local residents.”