Memories in the monument was an opportunity for visitors and those who have a connection with this special place to write a letter of love, a memory or perhaps a story of their time at the monument. We received many letters, photos and poems from the local community and from further afield, alongside donations. During March 2021, as the repairs works began to come to an end, the final touches were added to this monument which means so much to many. The letters have been placed in the heart of the monument and will remain there for the years to come.
Repairing Wellington Monument
Wellington Monument has stood at the heart of our community for generations. It’s a place where people go to walk their dogs, to cycle, or to enjoy a family picnic. It’s part of our history, and we want to bring the whole community together to make sure it’s part of our future as well.
The project to repair the monument will cost £3m, with funding received from many major donors, the Chancellor and money granted through LIBOR funds, Historic England, Highways England and Viridor Credits. It is also with thanks to the community who have also been very generous with their donations that we have raised a total of £2.95m.
We are still fundraising towards the remaining £100k, any donations received beyond this target, will be placed in a retricted fund to ensure the monument is looked after in the future, find out more about the appeal here: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wellingtonmonumentappeal.
31 Mar 21
Community memories saved in monument
25 Jan 21
New stonework is revealed
As the scaffolding was taken down it revealed a patchwork of new stones. This lighter coloured stone will weather down, and turn grey just liking the surrounding stones. Each new stone has been individually tooled by a team of stonemasons.
23 Nov 20
Scaffolding starts to be removed
The project has now reached the stage where the main repairs to the obelisk are complete. It is expected to take eight weeks to remove all the scaffolding, at which point smaller sections of scaffolding will be reinstated. Works to the curtain wall (the lower section) will begin at this point.