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© Mr Terry Abbiss

IoE Number: 271122
Location: WELLINGTON MONUMENT,
  WELLINGTON WITHOUT, TAUNTON DEANE, SOMERSET
Photographer: Mr Terry Abbiss
Date Photographed: 07 September 2003
Date listed: 25 January 1956
Date of last amendment: 07 August 1986
Grade II*

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ST11NWWELLINGTON WITHOUT CP8/188Wellington Monument

ST11NW WELLINGTON WITHOUT CP 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).

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