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Lord Hill’s Column, Shrewsbury

Lord Hill’s Column, outside the Shirehall (Shropshire Council’s headquarters), is one of the most notable landmarks of the town of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

The Column is the tallest Doric column in England, standing at 133 ft 6 in (40.7 m) high, and commemorates Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill of Almaraz and Hawkstone, with a 17 ft (5.2 m) tall statue of Lord Hill standing on the top of the column.

Lord Hill was one of Viscount Wellington’s most trusted Generals and fought alongside Wellington in Spain, Portugal and France. From 1828, when Wellington had to relinquish the post of Commander-in-Chief of the British Army on becoming Prime Minister, Lord Hill succeeded him and held the post until 1842….

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Column open on Heritage Open Day

Lord Hill’s Column in  Shrewsbury will be open on Heritage Open Day, Sunday 16 September 2018, by prior booking  only, from 12:00 to 16:00 inclusive. Read more about visiting the column,[…]

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John Straphen comes home

Written by Richard Hayes John Straphen was born in Fifeshire in 1774. His uncle, John Simpson from Midlothian, had travelled south to Shrewsbury and in 1790 become contractor in charge[…]

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Shrewsbury Darwin Rotary Club visit Lord Hill’s Column

On 5 May 2017 members of our local Rotary group, Shrewsbury Darwin Club, enjoyed making a special ascent of Lord Hill’s Column.

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