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our history

For over 200 years the Marquess of Anglesey’s Column had been a source of enjoyment for local people and a regular holiday destination for visitors to Anglesey. 

The Anglesey Column Trust, a registered charity and company, was established in 2007. It was a very sad moment for the community when the Column was closed in 2014 because of safety concerns. 

A survey in 2016 showed that the Column was in a structurally stable condition, but the central internal wooden staircase was unsafe and dangerous and needed replacing.  The adjacent cottage was deteriorating rapidly and unless urgent work was carried out, it was possible that this building, which is a significant part of the story of the Column as a traditional source of tickets and welcome, would be lost completely.

Local consultation showed very strong support for re-opening the Column. The overwhelming community response was that people wanted to be able to climb the Column again, enjoy the site and preserve its unique heritage.

The 8th Marquess of Anglesey brought together a group of volunteers to form a committee to look into re-opening the Column.  Ambitious plans were drawn up and a campaign was started to seek funding to restore and renovate the Column.

The Trust wanted not only to breathe new life into the iconic structure and thus ensure its future sustainability for many years to come, but also provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy the region’s rich historical significance and the breathtaking natural beauty of the Menai Strait and Anglesey.

The Column is now once again able to welcome visitors.  The realisation of this ambitious initiative was only possible through the dedication and commitment of the local community and the generous support and funding from the individuals, local and national organisations who all recognised the Column’s important role in preserving the history and heritage of Anglesey and Wales.