Wellington Monument, Wellington Without - Taunton Deane

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. An extensive programme of work has been undertaken to understand the problems and to devise a strategy for repair. Part of the funding has been secured but more is required.

Wellington Monument, Wellington Without - Taunton Deane
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Site Details

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


  • Building Name: Wellington Monument
  • County: Somerset
  • District / Borough: Taunton Deane
  • 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)