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    The Marquess of Anglesey's Column & Nelson's Monument

    Column As well as the long name, the village of Llanfairpwll is also famous for this great pillar of Moelfre limestone (Moelfre is a pretty, old herring-fishing village on the north-east coast of Anglesey). The Marquess of Anglesey's Column is 27 metres high and was erected in 1816-17 as a tribute to the Marquess, Henry Paget, (1768-1854) who lost a leg at the battle of Waterloo. The architect was Thomas Harrison of Chester, who also designed Holyhead's triumphal arch. The bronze figure of the Marquess, by Matthew Noble, was placed on top in 1860. You can climb up 115 steps to the top where there are spectacular views of Snowdonia and the beautiful Anglesey countryside. The column, surrounded by bluebell woods, stands on a rock which was a hillfort in ancient times. At the foot of the rock is a house where Mr Gwilym Williams and his wife Elisabeth live, who are responsible for the upkeep of the column and the grounds. Here you can pay a small fee to climb to the top.

    St. Mary's ChurchNelson's Monument
    Just south of the village lie the waters of the Menai Strait, just a short walk from the column. These waters, althugh mostly peaceful, can become treacherous under certain weather and tide conditions. At the foot of a very steep lane is the parish church of Saint Mary's and if you stroll through the woodlands to the water's edge, you will reach Nelson's Monument - a navigational aid erected in 1873.




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