Admiral Rodney's Pillar

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Admiral Rodney's Pillar
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Rodney's Pillar on Breidden Hill
LocationPowys, Wales
Coordinates52°43′22″N 3°02′42″W / 52.7228°N 3.0451°W / 52.7228; -3.0451Coordinates: 52°43′22″N 3°02′42″W / 52.7228°N 3.0451°W / 52.7228; -3.0451
OS grid referenceSJ 2951 1441
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name: Admiral Rodney's Pillar
Designated26 October 1953
Reference no.7667
CommunityBausley with Criggion
Principal areaPowys
Admiral Rodney's Pillar is located in Powys
Admiral Rodney's Pillar
Location of Admiral Rodney's Pillar in Powys

Admiral Rodney's Pillar (also known by the Welsh name Pilar Rodney) is a monument on Breidden Hill in Powys, Wales. It was built in 1781–82 to commemorate the naval victories of Sir George Brydges Rodney, Admiral of the White.[1] The pillar is of local stone, 54 feet (16 m) high, and topped with a drum and finial, which replaced the original gilded ball after a lightning strike in 1847.[1][2] A granite panel states that it was erected by the "Gentlemen of Montgomeryshire" to commemorate the naval successes of Admiral Rodney including the Battle of the Saints. The pillar is a conspicuous landmark around the Upper Severn Valley and is a Grade II* listed building.[1]

An inscription in Welsh, which had disappeared by 1890, translated as "RODNEY'S PILLAR. The highest pillar will fall, the strongest towers will decay: but the fame of Sir George Brydges Rodney shall increase continually, and his good name shall never be obliterated."[1][2]


In the 21st century the monument was reported to be in need of restoration work.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Admiral Rodney's Pillar". Statutory List of Buildings. Cadw. 29 December 1994 [Listed 1953]. Cadw Building ID 7667. Retrieved 2 May 2016 – via Historic Wales.
  2. ^ a b Gregory, T (1824). The History and Antiquities of Shrewsbury. p. 255. Retrieved 2 May 2016 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Work to repair". Shropshire Star. 2018.