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Wellington Monument

A Grade II* Listed Building in Wellington Without, Somerset

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Latitude: 50.948 / 50°56'52"N

Longitude: -3.2293 / 3°13'45"W

OS Eastings: 313738

OS Northings: 117229

OS Grid: ST137172

Mapcode National: GBR LV.NKPX

Mapcode Global: FRA 463L.ZNP

Entry Name: Wellington Monument

Listing Date: 25 January 1956

Last Amended: 7 August 1986

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1060281

English Heritage Legacy ID: 271122

Location: Wellington Without, Taunton Deane, Somerset, TA21

County: Somerset

District: Taunton Deane

Civil Parish: Wellington Without

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Wellington St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Bath and Wells

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Listing Text


8/188 Wellington Monument


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,

Listing NGR: ST1373817229

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