Wellington Monument awarded £1m towards 'urgent repairs'

Home » News » Latest News » Not Curry Rivel Monument
wellington

A crumbling 19th Century monument has been awarded £1m towards the £4m needed for "urgent repairs".
The Wellington Monument in Somerset was built to mark the Battle of Waterloo, but since 2005 it has been fenced off because of falling stone debris.
Said to be the world's tallest three-sided obelisk, it stands at 75ft (53m) and was built in 1817.
The cash, which came from banking fines, was announced in the government's Autumn Statement.
The National Trust has spent the past year doing detailed survey work on the crumbling structure.
Andy Semple, from the National Trust, said it was "hopefully an important step in safeguarding the monument for the next 200 years for the benefit of the nation".
Conservative MP for Taunton Deane Rebecca Pow, who has been campaigning to save the structure, said she was "absolutely thrilled" by the "huge boost".
Built on one of the highest points of the Blackdown Hills, the landmark was put up as a tribute to the Duke of Wellington's military achievements at the Battle of Waterloo.

More news from Curry Rivel

Curry Rivel Village
: Sat 19 Aug 12:54pm

The Burton Pynsent Monument Open Day has been blessed with great weather, remember it's open until...

countryside code
TG: Sat 19 Aug 9:29am

There is an official "Countryside Code" Unfortunately, it is written with a "Health and Safety" mentality i.e. with a belief that you have to cover all eventualities on the basis that people are totally stupid. It is rather patronising and what are you supposed to do with it? Memorise it? Carry a card with you at all times and refer to it regularly? Ridiculous of course. ...

Sedgemoor Gardens Club
: Sat 19 Aug 7:54am

Sedgemoor Gardens Club starts its new year in September, with a brief AGM followed by a talk on the History of Kelways on Tuesday, September 12th 2017. Meeting at 7pm for 7.30pm in All Saints Hall, Langport and the evening includes competitions and refreshments as well as the talk. Visit www.sedgemoorgardens.simplesite.com for the...