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Tanton MP calls for help with urgent repairs needed at the Wellington Monument

The Monument was closed to the public over safety concerns Credit: ITV News

Taunton MP Rebecca Pow is launching a petition to raise awareness of the urgent repairs needed at the Wellington Monument, which has been fenced off for years because of the risk of falling masonry.

Surveyors abseiling the Monument Credit: National Trust/Fran Stothard

The National Trust has spent the past twelve months doing detailed survey work, to try to find out what is causing the structure to deteriorate. It is now working through the feasibility of the various repair options.

The National Trust backs the work being done to raise awareness of the Monument Credit: National Trust/Fran Stothard

Helen Sharp, Wellington Monument Project Manager for the National Trust, says "It’s going to take us a little more time to assess these before we can share more detail but we are further forward than we’ve ever been and are feeling positive for the future of the monument."

The National Trust has been surveying the Monument for the past year Credit: National Trust/Fran Stothard

We are committed to looking after the monument but we are a charity with limited resources to care for the many special places that we look after and it will take time to be sure we make the right decisions for the future of the monument.

– Helen Sharp, Wellington Monument Project Manager
Sureyors work inside the Monument Credit: National Trust/Fran Stothard

The Wellington Monument: A Piece of History

The Wellington Monument, on top of the Blackdown Hills, was built as a tribute to the Duke of Wellington.

At 175 feet, it is the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world, and was funded through public subscription.

1817
The foundation stone was laid
1853
The Monument was finally finished after three decades of work
1930s
Acquired by the National Trust
2007
Closed to the public because of safety concerns