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Nelson's Column

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Nelson's Column

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Nelson's Column

Admiral Lord Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 but it took until 1843 to organise a suitable tribute. There were arguments over where and what the monument should be, and who should pay for it. Nelson’s Column is actually the work of several artists: William Railton designed the 156ft tall Corinthian column, Watson, Ternouth, Woodington and Carew designed the four bronze reliefs (cast from French armaments) depicting Nelson’s greatest naval battles and Sir Edwin Landseer designed the lions who guard the base. On top of the column is a 17ft stone statue carved by E H Bailey which, although a lot bigger than life-size (Nelson was only 5ft 5 inches tall), was judged to be a good likeness and conveyed his “quickness of perception and sad air”. Before the statue was raised, 14 of the stonemasons who had worked on the column held a dinner party at the top!

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Because in newspaper descriptions (and expecially illustrations) of tall structures, their height is usually given in metres, feet, and Nelson's Columns.

Alex Bridge

Nelson was quintessentially an Englishman, a naval officer, and a man beloved by all who came to know him. What greater tribute can be paid then the acknowledgement that he saved his country, served his sailers and officers well, honoured his king, and loved too well - and perhaps unwisely. This was a man! Let us acknowledge the greatest Englishman of all....

nelson was one o0f this countrys greatesr heros ,testament to that is his coloum.
susan carrell

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