Wellington's Column

Wellington's Column

Infobox Historic building

caption=Wellington's Column
name=Wellington's Column
architect=George Anderson Lawton

Wellington's Column or the Waterloo Memorial is a monument in William Brown Street, Liverpool, England.

Designed by George Anderson Lawton of Glasgow and built between 1874-75, it stands 40m (132 ft) high. It was built to commemorate the victories of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington who won many battles during the Napoleonic Wars.

The bronze figure of Wellington is perched on a fluted Doric sandstone column which in turn rests on a raised sandstone plinth. The four sides of the plinth contain sculpted reliefs including a list of Wellington's famous victories (Talevera, Vitoria, Badajoz and Waterloo), and a depiction of the grand charge at the battle of Waterloo.

The statue of the Duke was cast, it has been said, from metal salvaged from French cannons captured at Waterloo.The statue is unusual in that it does not face any major civic building or thoroughfare (such as Nelson's Column in London). The statue was positioned facing south-east so that Wellington would always be looking towards the site of Waterloo - considered his greatest victory.


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