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Nelson’s Column

Nelson's Column

In the centre of Trafalgar Square stands the impressive Nelson's column. Built between 1840 and 1843 to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson who died in 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar.  At the base of the column is 4 bronze lions, which were added in 1867.

Admiral Nelson was one of Britain's best-loved war heroes, who fought valiantly for his King and Country and won a number of naval battles, at the personal cost of losing an arm and one eye. Nelson's last and most famous battle was fought off the Spanish cape of Trafalgar, when he defeated  the French and Spanish fleets, commanded by Napoleon.  During which he lost his life, dying aboard H.M.S. Victory, his last words being "Now I am satisfied. Thank God I have done my duty".

Nelson's Column Lions WhichHoliday-tvNelson Column and Trafalgar Square are one of London 'must see' tourist attractions and a visit to the capital would be incomplete without going to this most famous of landmarks. Nelson Column is a free attraction in the City of Westminster which is accessible at all times.  Big Ben and Westminster Abbey are only minutes away, and attraction such as Tower Bridge and the Tate Modern are within walking distance. Or you can join one of the London Tours featured by WhichHoliday.TV


Five Nelson's Column Facts

  1. For 163 years, the height of the Nelson’s Column was always quoted as 56 metres tall (185 foot). However, in 2006, measurements were taken which revealed that the column is a fair bit shorter at only 50 metres (169′5″).
  2. If Hitler's plan to invade Britain had been successful, he wanted to move Nelson's Column to Berlin.
  3. When work had finished on the Corinthian column, 14 of the stonemasons who had worked on the structure had a dinner party on top, complete with table and chairs.
  4. Nelson’s statue was added after the dinner was finished! An American ‘bought’ Nelson’s column from a Scottish conman in 1925.
  5. Various people have climbed the column, including 1970’s Blue Peter presenter John Noakes. In 2003, a base jumper parachuted to the bottom to highlight the Chinese occupation of Tibet.


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