Wellington Monument - Wellington, Somerset
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 50° 56.641 W 003° 13.288
30U E 484441 N 5643623
Quick Description: Standing high on the Blackdown Hills, the Wellington Monument, at 175ft, is the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world.
Location: South West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/4/2018 12:42:41 PM
Waymark Code: WMZ9NN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Meirion
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Long Description:
"The Wellington Monument is a 175-foot-high (53 m) triangular obelisk located on a point of the Blackdown Hills, 3 km (1.9 miles) south of Wellington in the English county of Somerset. It is a grade II* listed building.

The monument was designed to commemorate the Duke of Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo. Construction of the original design commenced in 1817; a revised and cheaper design was eventually used, though, and building was completed in 1854. It is now owned by the National Trust, who closed the monument to the public in 2007, owing to safety concerns. Surveys have shown that extensive renovation work will be needed to reopen the internal staircase to the viewing platform. As of 2015 the work is still ongoing.

The monument was acquired by the National Trust in the 1930s. It is floodlit on special occasions with new lights installed in 2015. In 1985, the Wellington Rotary Club donated the cannon currently standing at the base of the Monument.

In June 2009, the National Trust announced plans to reclad the monument at a cost of £4 million. The painted fence was replaced by an open wire fence in 2010, aiding visibility, but still denying public access to the base of the monument. Survey work in 2010 showed the extent of cracks in the stonework. In 2013 it was announced that further funding would be needed for the restoration project. Sensors recording the movement of the tower are also to be installed.

In 2015 Rebecca Pow the new local Member of Parliament for Taunton Deane asked the government to make available money for a restoration fund. In 2016 she further highlighted the deteriorating condition of the monument and started a petition for its repair. To see a video (visit link) "

SOURCE - (visit link)
The address of property, including Postcode.:
Wellington Monument Unnamed Rd, Wellington, Somerset TA21 9PB England


The charges to visitors and opening hours.:
Free. Parking £1


Web page: [Web Link]

National Trust member: yes

Parking place (optional): Not Listed

References: Not listed

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