Follies Magazine Article

An article about the history of Lord Hill’s Column, by The Reverend Richard Hayes, was published in the Follies Magazine. You can download and read the article using the link below. Download

2020 Visiting Dates Announced

New dates for visiting Lord Hill’s Column in 2020 have been announced. Six dates between April and September 2020 have been scheduled to allow visitors to climb the column in allocated time slots. Two bank holidays: 13th April and 25th May will allow those unable to visit on weekends to climb the column.  Two Saturdays…
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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, or becoming a friend of Lord Hill’s Column.

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 of the building of the new St Chad’s Church. He subsequently became a loyal member of fellow Scot Thomas Telford’s team, working on the Pontcysyllte…
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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.

Drone Survey of Lord Hill’s Column, July 2017

Very (very!) early on 30th June, Ark Aerial very kindly carried out a drone survey of Lord Hill’s Column – and took some incredible videos and pictures. We’re thrilled at the outcome…… and here’s a link to a shorter video of the survey    

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. If you want a birds-eye view of Lord Hill and the surrounding area, you can click through to Google Maps for a full screen view.  

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…
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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…
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The ‘Bald Explorer’ Visits The Column

A great video has been uploaded by the ‘Bald Explorer’ giving a little history and video from the top of the column.  Take a look on YouTube, or watch below: