The monument was built in honour of Henry Handley (1797-1846), son of a Sleaford lawyer and banker, who served as MP for Heytesbury from 1820-26 and Lincolnshire South from 1832-41.
He was described as ‘a tall, stout, good-looking man. He has a jolly, countrified countenance, with a complexion redolent of health. His face is full, and his features are regular and pleasing. His hair is of a light brown, and he sports a pair of whiskers of which any Spanish Don might be proud’.