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Repairing Wellington Monument project

An aerial view of Wellington Monument, Somerset, standing tall in the rolling countryside.
Wellington Monument in the Somerset countryside | © National Trust Images/Mike Calnan

Wellington Monument in Somerset has stood at the heart of the community for generations. At around 53m high it is the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world. Find out more about the project that repaired this historic monument thanks to over £3.1 million in donations from individuals and organisations.

Wellington Monument is now fully repaired

Following the £3.1 million restoration project, Wellington Monument is now in an even better condition than when it was first completed. At around 53m high it is the tallest three-sided obelisk in the world and visitors are now able to climb to the top once more.

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Placing the memories inside the wall

As the repair works came to an end, we gave visitors and those who have a connection with this special place the opportunity to leave a memento at the monument. We received many letters, photos and poems from the local community and further afield. The memories and letters were placed in the heart of the monument and will remain there long into the future.

New stonework is revealed

As the scaffolding was taken down it revealed a patchwork of new stones. This lighter coloured stone will gradually turn grey just like the surrounding stones. Each new stone has been individually tooled by a team of specialist stonemasons.


The National Trust would like to thank all the supporters and donors whose monumental effort made it possible to secure the future of this special place, including:

  • Funding from The Chancellor using LIBOR funds
  • Rebecca Pow MP
  • The Duke of Wellington
  • The Constance Travis Charitable Trust
  • Steve Edge
  • The GMC Trust
  • John Greenshields and volunteers
  • John Maynard
  • The Peter Harrison Heritage Foundation
  • Nancy Powell-Brace
  • Waterloo 200
  • The incredible local community and supporters further afield

Thank you to our supporters.

Our partners

Fundraising Regulator

The independent regulator of charitable fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Historic England

The public body that looks after England's historic environment.

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National Highways

The government company operating, maintaining and improving England's motorways and major A roads.

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Somerset West & Taunton Council

The unitary authority governing Somerset.

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War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust is the charity that works to protect and conserve war memorials in the UK.

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The Town Council for Wellington and Rockwell Green.

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Valencia Communities Fund

Valencia Communities Fund is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which provides funding for community, heritage and biodiversity projects around England and Scotland through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund.

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HM Government

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On your visit to Wellington Monument, learn about its history, go on one of the great walks, take a tour of the monument or simply enjoy all the wildlife this little corner of Somerset has to offer.

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History of Wellington Monument 

Learn the troubled history of Wellington Monument in Somerset, from lightning strikes and failed repairs to the major restoration that sees it standing proud today.

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