CAMERA SURVEY OF LORD HILL’S COLUMN

In March 2017 some stunning pictures and videos were taken by local company, Ark Aerial Photography.  They have uploaded some of these to Street View on Google Maps at:

https://www.google.com/maps/contrib/111317248656096201607/photos

If you want a birds-eye view of Lord Hill and the surrounding area, please have a look!

Friends of Lord Hill’s Column receive generous donations

On Saturday 17 May The Friends of Lord Hill’s Column received two generous donations of £100 each from two Shropshire organisations – The Shrewsbury Society of St George and the Coldstream Guards Association – Shropshire Branch. Both groups made their donations because they value the Column as a part of the rich heritage of Shropshire and want to see it well-maintained for future generations to enjoy.

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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.

Civil Engineers’ climb up Column

Wednesday 9 April 2014 found Chairman of Friends of Lord Hill’s Column in Shrewsbury, Richard Hayes, at the foot of the Column welcoming 28 Civil Engineers from the West Midlands region. They had come to climb the 172 stairs of  the internal cantilevered spiral staircase to the viewing platform. After strong winds the day before, the afternoon of the visit was calm and the sun shone from a clear sky – perfect conditions for enjoying the beautiful panoramic views over Shropshire and Shrewsbury. The Engineers also had plenty of time to appreciate the skills involved in erecting the Column in Grinshill stone in the astonishingly short period of 18 months between 1814 and 1816.  This period included the alarming 100 Days when Napoleon returned from Elba, seized power once more, and led his hastily re-organised  army into Belgium.   Even as the builders continued their work on the Column the battle of Waterloo was being fought. Exactly one year later, on 18 June 1816, the work was completed.

Grinshill Hill showed clearly across the fields of North Shropshire, and the views to Hawkstone,  Haughmond, the South Shropshire Hills and the Breidden were bathed in the late afternoon sun. No wonder that the Engineers have been e-mailing their appreciation –

“Brilliant!”

“fantastic site visit”

“everyone really appreciated and enjoyed the tour”

“an amazing opportunity to have a look at the structure”

 

WATCH HERITAGE OPEN DAYS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO CLIMB THIS WONDERFUL MONUMENT.

WHY NOT BECOME A FRIEND FOR A FIVER?  – AND HELP US TO REPLACE THE STATUE OF LORD HILL.