As with the sketch on folio 248 verso opposite (D08797; CXXIII 245a), Turner’s viewpoint is Chapel Hill, near the ruins of the Holy Ghost Chapel, looking south to the centre of Basingstoke towards St Michael’s Church, the building on the horizon, with a low articulated block to the right of centre and a tower to the right of that. A railway, a dual carriageway, car parks and tower blocks now lie in between, but an 1840s print of Basingstoke from Chapel Hill after G.H. Shepherd (Hampshire Museums Service, Winchester) shows the undeveloped view from the same spot in the graveyard, looking across the roofs of cottages on Chapel Hill. The vertical forms in the foreground of Turner’s sketch seem to be the headstones shown in Shepherd’s print.
For other views made at the site, see under folio 244 recto (D08791; CXXIII 241).