Column open on Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days will take place across the UK on Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 September 2014.  Lord Hill’s Column in  Shrewsbury will be open, by prior booking  only* (*see below for booking arrangements), from 1000 to 1630 inclusive (Sunday 14 September 1000-1530).

Spiral staircase in the column
Spiral staircase in the column

This will give visitors a rare opportunity to climb the 172 steps of the spiral staircase to enjoy the wonderful views over the beautiful county of Shropshire from the platform at the top of the Column. Lord Hill’s Column was erected at the expense of the people of Shropshire to honour their local hero Rowland Hill, who was Wellington’s most trusted general in the Peninsular War at Waterloo.  It is the tallest free-standing Greek Doric Column in  England, designed by local Shropshire architect Edward Haycock, and  completed in 18 months between December 1814 and June 1816. It was completed on 18 June 1816, the first anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Repairs to the 5 metre high statue of Lord Hill have recently been carried out, and the interior iron work of the elegant baluster and handrail to the spiral stairs is to be repainted. Each baluster has a roundel containing a letter of a continuous message which runs from bottom to top of the staircase.  The message records the circumstances and date of the construction of the staircase in 1816.

If you would like to come to Shrewsbury to visit the Column PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.

Not more than 10 people will be able to make the climb up the stairs each half hour. Each person  will be issued with a hard hat and high visibility jacket. Stout shoes are advised. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ANYONE CONTEMPLATING MAKING THE ASCENT SHOULD KNOW THAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF CLIMBING 172 STAIRS, AND THAT THEY HAVE A HEAD FOR HEIGHTS.

If you wish to book a place to make the ascent up the Column please send an e-mail to l.r.hayes@btinternet.com stating your name and giving  contact details so that your booking can b e confirmed. Please state the date on which you wish to come – admittance will be at half-hourly intervals  -1000, 1030 etc – until 1630 inclusive on Thursday to Saturday 11-13 September and  from 1000 until 1530 on Sunday 14 September.  Please state also the time of your choice.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF A HALF – HOUR BOOKING PERIOD IS FULLY BOOKED YOU WILL BE ASKED IF YOU CAN CHANGE THE TIME OF YOUR VISIT TO ANOTHER PERIOD AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE TO YOUR ORIGINAL CHOICE.

5 thoughts on “Column open on Heritage Open Days”

    1. Stanley, I am hopeful that you contacted l.r.hayes@btinternet.co.uk and have already arranged your tickets for the Heritage Open days. If you did not then I am sorry that I did not get back to you sooner. I am new to the website management and am finding all of the spam we receive a bit overwhelming. The Saturday and Sunday slots are now completely full, but there are still slots open for Thursday and Friday. If these days are suitable please let Richard know at the email address above )l.r.hayyes…..) and he will find a slot for you.

      Best regards

      Sarah

  1. Hi

    I have been trying to email to see if there is any availability for 3 people over the weekend (Saturday or Sunday) but for some reason my email isn’t sending emails.

    It is however receiving them so please would you be able to reply and let me know?

    If there is no availability are there any future such events planned?

    Thanks

    Neil Jones

    1. Neil I am very sorry but the weekend is fully booked now. We intend to open the Column again soon and will keep you informed of the date so that you do not miss out next time. There are some free slots on Thursday and Friday if they would be any good to you

      Best regards

      Sarah

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