Wellington Monument, Wellington Without - Somerset West and Taunton

175 feet high triangular tower commemorating the Duke of Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo. Construction began in 1817; money ran out and a cheaper revised design was then followed, completed in 1854. The stonework has extensive cracking, with successive repair campaigns over generations. The National Trust has owned it since 1934, but closed the monument to the public in 2007 due to safety concerns. Extensive investigatory work has been undertaken. A large part of the funding for repair has now been secured and work is due to start late 2019.

Wellington Monument, Wellington Without - Somerset West and Taunton
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Site Details

    Designated Site Name:
    Wellington Monument
    Heritage Category:
    Listed Building grade II*
    List Entry Number:
    1060281
    Local Planning Authority:
    Somerset West and Taunton
    Site Type:
    Religious ritual and funerary > Commemorative monument

Location

    Building Name:
    Wellington Monument
    County:
    Somerset
    District / Borough:
    Somerset West and Taunton
    Parish:
    Wellington Without
    Parliamentary Constituency:
    Taunton Deane
    Region:
    South West

Assessment Information

    Assessment Type:
    Building or structure
    Condition:
    Very bad
    Occupancy / Use:
    Vacant/not in use
    Priority:
    B - Immediate risk of further rapid deterioration or loss of fabric; solution agreed but not yet implemented
    Previous Priority:
    B
    Ownership:
    Charity (heritage)