It’s been a good while since I’ve posted a photo quiz. The question is where can this, the original Nelson’s Column, be seen? Beneath the photo is a description of the Column, and even further beneath is the answer.
This monument to Admiral Lord Nelson was built in 1807-8, funded by donations of two days’ pay from all who served at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805 and from naval prize-money.
Captain Thomas Freemantle RN (1765-1819) managed the £3,000 fund. His architect John Groves was inspired by the 4th century AD obelisk at Axum, the ancient religious capital of Ethiopia. The monument was rebuilt in 1899, but the bust of Nelson at the summit is original. The Nelson Monument is 28.3 m high 992 ft 10½ in). It is owned and maintained by the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Navy.
The inscription states,
CONSECRATED TO THE MEMORY OF VISCOUNT LORD NELSON. BY THE ZEALOUS ATTACHMENT OF ALL THOSE WHO FOUGHT AT TRAFALGAR TO PERPETUATE HIS TRIUMPH AND THEIR REGRET 1805. FOUNDATION STONE LAID JULY 1807.
This Nelson’s Column is located on Portsdown Hill overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. It is adjacent to Fort Nelson, at the junction of Portsdown Hill Road, Monument Lane and Nelson Lane in North Portsmouth.