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Stafford love mystery even Charles Dickens couldn't solve

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

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FURTHER to your article in The Bugle (July 4 edition) do your readers know whether Maria Dolmen knew the Ansons of Shugborough Hall, Staffordshire, and if so could she be the secret lover of Thomas Anson meaning William Shenstone was not the only one to secretly admire this beauty?

I ask this because (and I don't know whether your readers are aware of the mysteries of the Shepherd's Monument inscription) the image depicted on it is a reverse one of the original by Nicolas Poussin and thus the bottom line initials reading D M from left to right, would revert to M D for Maria Dolmen.

This may be pure coincidence of course. No one has solved the inscription (not even Charles Dickens) after 250 years.

But if researches were to throw up a known friendship between Thomas Anson and Maria Dolmen then it might not be as far-fetched as it sounds!

George Anson helped to fund the monument but it was his brother Thomas who commissioned it.

So the question is did Thomas Anson (c1695 – 1773) know Maria Dolmen (1733 – 1754)?

The monument was built between 1748 and 1763 and I have seen best guess at 1754/55. Makes you wonder doesn't it ?

I would be interested in your readers' views on this.

Kind regards.

Richard Webber,




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