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Lord Hill's Column

Lord Hill's Column stands outside Shirehall in Shrewsbury and is one of the town's most notable and iconic landmarks.

Completed in June 1816 The Column was erected in honour of the Right Honourable Rowland Lord Hill, Baron of Almarez in Spain, and of Hawkstone and Hardwick Grange, Shropshire; Commander-in-Chief of the British Army; a General in the Army; Governor of Plymouth, and Colonel of the Horse Guards Blue.

Born at Prees Hall, near Hawkstone in April 1772, Lord Hill fought alongside the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo. The Column was erected to recognise his valour in this and other campaigns.

The Grade II listed Column is the largest Grecian Doric column in the world, at 133 feet 6 inches. Its diameter is two feet wider than Nelson’s Column and, not including the pedestal, it is 13 feet higher.

The statue of Lord Hill that stands on top of The Column, is 17-feet tall.

Repairs and future options

Conservation experts Taylor Pearce carried out an inspection of Lord Hill’s statue in November 2012 to assess its condition at that time and to suggest future options.

Their report – which looks at a range of options for the statue, including repairing it or replacing it with a replica – has been considered by English Heritage over the past few months, and their recommendation is that the statue be repaired.

But with experts estimating that the statue will require further repairs every five to ten years, Shropshire Council is asking people for their views about its long-term future.

To tell us your views, please visit the Lord Hill’s Column, Shrewsbury Facebook page – or send an email to

Follow Lord Hill's Column on Facebook

To find out more about Lord Hill and The Column, see (and share) photos, and leave your comments, questions and stories about The Column, have a look at our 'Lord Hill’s Column’ Facebook page.


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