This Sunday there’s a chance to find out what future the crumbling Wellington Monument might have. National Trust staff and engineering consultants exploring how best to save the Blackdowns landmark will be on site from 12pm to 3pm to answer questions from the public.
Booking is not necessary but it will NOT be possible to climb up the Monument.
Wellington Monument is the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world. An ambitious construction, it commemorates the Duke of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo, commemorated this year on 18th June, the battle’s bicentenary.
Since it was first completed in the 1820’s it has suffered from structural damage and lightning strikes. Since the National Trust took over management responsibility in 1934 it has needed careful renovation every 10 to 15 years, an expensive and unsustainable process given its height. At present a fence has been erected to protect the public from the risk of falling stone debris.
The National Trust states: “We have appointed a firm of consultants to identify a more effective repair approach to the structure. Part of that process will involve a monitoring period as the structure presents a very complicated engineering challenge. Even with the previous survey work, we simply do not know enough about why and how the monument is failing. Once the monitoring programme is complete we will then be in a position to explore more sustainable repair options.”
The invitation presents a rare opportunity for the public to find out more about the Monument’s future.