John Bissett is a local celebrity who lives in Sawston. His book of poems ‘Some Poems – Cambridgeshire Countryside, local attractions and reflective meditations of life in general' includes this poem about the Obelisk on Newton Road.
The obelisk stands all alone;
Its date I cannot read,
For weathering has worn the stone
Which bears the ancient screed.
For well over two hundred years
Withstanding in every gale
In memory of the name it bears;
A magistrate called Wale.
A friend and he did both elect,
Which ever first should die,
The survivor would then erect
This pointer to the sky.
When of this shrine the locals talk
Wale is remembered still
As one who used his dog to walk
Upon their local hill.
And if he came again today
He’d still enjoy the view,
More houses and a motorway
He’d recognise as new.
He’d hear the sound of whizzing cars,
Loud lorries speeding by,
And though impressed, might think it mars
The peace of land and sky.
He’d see new homes in the estate
Which used to be his home,
And wonder then about the fate
Of the old house he’d known.
He’d wonder at the winter corn
As green as vernal grass;
He’d want some farmer to inform
How this had come to pass.
He’d see within the nearby wood
The rubbish that’s been thrown,
And seeing would not think it good
The wood’s so overgrown.
His obelisk stands in the sun
Whenever it does shine,
He’d like to see the people come
Still visiting his shrine.
The book of poems ‘Some Poems – Cambridgeshire Countryside, local attractions and reflective meditations of life in general’ costs £6 and is available from Maurice Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org