The Obelisk At Sandford
Photographer: Sedgfield, William Russell
Medium: Photographic print
"Passing the beautiful grounds of Nuneham Courtenay, the seat of the Harcourt family, and a fovourite resort for tourist and pic-nic parties from Oxford, we reach Sandford. The river meanders very much between banks overgrown with willows, and in places is very deep. This is a favourite bathing place for the Oxonians. It has more than once been the scene of fatal accidents, one of which is recalled by the obelisk seen in the view. Two Christchurch men, named Gaisford and Phillimore, the former a son of the then Dean of Christchurch, were bathing, when one of them was seized with cramp. The other hastened to his assistance, but was unable to save him, and they were drowned together. The obelisk was erected by the men of their college to their memory. Near Sandford are some remains of a Mynchery, or Saxon nunnery; and in the church is an ancient carving, worth the attention of the antiquary, representing the 'Assumption of the Virgin.'"
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'The Thames Illustrated by Photographs'