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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Somerset West and Taunton (District Authority)
Wellington Without
National Grid Reference:
ST 13738 17229



8/188 Wellington Monument

25.1.56 II* Monument to the Duke of Wellington. Begun 1817-18 to a design by Thomas Lee, recommended after Duke's death in 1852 and completed as an obelisk, by H E Goodridge; 1890 restored and heightened another 1.5 m. Local stone. Plan: obelisk on triangular splayed base with end pilasters. Coved dentil cornice to base, tall unmarked doorway to stair with Egyptian winged panel above, good studded iron door with lattice work ventilation grill above, obelisk with steeply pointed top and circular windows. Interior not seen, a flight of 365 steps is said to rise to the viewing platform at the apex. It is 53.34 m in height. The original design was for a column surmounted by a cast iron statue of the Duke with sculptured figures of an English, Irish and Scottish veteran on the plinth; cannons captured at Waterloo were intended to surround the whole. This plan was abandoned because of the expense. (Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1978).

Listing NGR: ST1373817229


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Colvin, H M, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840, (1978)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 07 Sep 2003
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