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Lord Hill's Column

Identification

Lord Hill's Column
The Column
299435

Structure in General

monument
existing [completed]

Facts

  • The column was erected to commemorate Lord Rowland Hill, the city's most celebrated soldier who fought alongside the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo.
  • At 40.6 metres (133.5 feet), the structure is the world's largest Grecian Doric column.
  • The column is .6 metres (2 feet) wider than that of Nelson's Column and - pedestal aside - is 4.7 metres (13 feet) taller.
  • The statue at top is 5 metres (17 feet) in height.
  • The height of the column's pedestal is 4.1 metres (13.5 feet) whilst the combined height of the shaft and capital is 27.9 metres (91.5 feet).
  • The statue's pedestal is 3.2 metres (11.5 feet) high.
  • The column's diameter at the plinth is 4.6 metres (15 feet) tapering to 3.5 metres (11.5 feet) at the capital.
  • The is an open air viewing platform below the statue.
  • The foundation stone was laid by local Freemasons.
  • The column is of Grinshill stone whilst the statue is fashioned from the artificial stone known as coadestone and is by Panzetta.
  • The final cost was 5,972 pounds, 13 shillings and 2 pence.

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Location

Abbey Foregate
SY2
United Kingdom

Technical Data

133.50 ft
133.50 ft
1814
1816

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