Nelson's column in Hereford
Why Nelson has a column in Hereford
There's a column to Lord Nelson in the centre of Hereford, but no statue at the top because there wasn't enough money!
Right in the centre of Castle Green in Hereford stands a memorial column to Lord Nelson.
The famous Admiral was made a freeman of the city in 1802, and spent a lot of time at Ross-on-Wye.
Painting of Nelson's death
The column was erected in 1809, four years after Nelson's death, but has no statue at the top as there wasn't enough money left to commission one.
Instead there's an unprepossessing urn at the top.
The column itself has suffered badly from the effects of time, graffiti and vandalism over the intervening 200 years.
Some work has been done to restore it in time for the 200th anniversary of Nelson's death, and there are now cannons around its base, and a fence to protect the monument.
last updated: 12/03/2008 at 15:39