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).
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 email@example.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.