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Lord Hills Column, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Lord Hills Column, Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Lord Hills Column, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. It commemorates Rowland Hill, a British army officer who fought in the Napoleonic Wars.
circa 1900

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Doric Napoleonic Rowland Shrewsbury Shropshire Tall Wars


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Lord Hill's Column: A Tribute to a Hero of the Napoleonic Wars in Shrewsbury, Shropshire This striking photograph captures the majestic presence of Lord Hill's Column in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, circa 1900. The tall Doric column stands proudly in the heart of the historic town, commemorating the life and military career of Field Marshal Rowland Hill, 1st Viscount Hill of Almaraz (1762-1842). Rowland Hill was a renowned British army officer who rose to prominence during the Napoleonic Wars. He served with distinction in various battles, including the Battle of Waterloo, where he commanded the right wing of the British army under the Duke of Wellington. Hill's strategic prowess and leadership skills were instrumental in securing a decisive victory against the French forces, ensuring the safety of Europe from Napoleon's ambitions. The column, designed by architect Thomas Harrison, was unveiled in 1843, 11 years after Hill's death. It stands at a height of 111 feet (33.8 meters), making it an imposing landmark in the West Country town of Shrewsbury. The Doric column, adorned with intricate carvings and a bronze statue of Lord Hill atop, is a testament to the town's rich military history and its connection to one of Britain's most celebrated military leaders. This photograph, taken in the early 1900s, offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us back in time to an era when Shrewsbury was a bustling town, steeped in history and tradition. The column remains a popular tourist attraction and a source of pride for the residents of Shrewsbury, serving as a reminder of the town's illustrious past and the heroic deeds of its most famous son.

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