Knill’s Monument a 50-foot-high triangular obelisk on Worvas Hill , overlooking St Ives Bay.
On it's 3 faces are inscriptions - I KNOW THAT MY REDEMER LIVETH / JOHANNES KNILL 1782 .
The Knill family coat of arms (inset photo) with the words NIL DESPERANDUM
and above the Plaque the words RESURGAM.
Built in 1782 as a mausoleum , the structure remains empty as Knill was actually buried in Holborn, London
John Knill (1733–1811). was the Collector of Customs at St Ives (1762-82), Mayor (1767)
In his Will he left detailed instructions for ceremonies to be carried out in his memory every five years at the Obelisk
It involved ten young dancing girls from the families of fishermen dressed in white, two widows in black,
and a fiddler to play the “Furry Dance.”
This ceremony is still enacted here every five years to this day.
Location: SW 5165 3865