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Heritage Open Days - Lord Hill’s Column

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Lord Hill's Column is a magnificent Doric Column (47.5m) with 172 cantilevered spiral stairs leading to a platform with views over the beautiful county of Shropshire. An introduction to the life of General Rowland, Lord Hill is given before parties of up to 14 people ascend each half hour. The local architect, Edward Haycock, was aged 22. The contractor, John Straphen, gave the staircase as his contribution - a fact commemorated in the cast iron handrail in which each baluster carries a letter spelling out the message and giving the dates of construction 1814-16. 

STOP PRESS! Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery has just received a most unexpected donation - a portrait of John Straphen, shown holding a drawing of the Column, circa 1817. We are grateful to the Australian family whose forebears emigrated, taking the portrait with them, for their gift, and delighted to be able to invite visitors to see the portrait and to climb the stairs which John Straphen gave.