This is the third marker post on the Headland Story Trail. There are 18 in total. Unless the it has been vandalized, each marker bears a plaque that provides information about a place or event that is important to the local area.
When the plaques have been removed, visitors often notice the monkey on the top of the marker and presume they are looking at monument that’s related to Hartlepool’s “monkey-hanging” history. (The Monkey Statue at Hartlepool Marina—How to Find It and Why It’s There)