Statues - Hither & Thither
East of England
Norfolk Naval Pillar or Nelson's Monument
The monument is in the style of a Doric column topped by six caryatid figures that support a statue of Britannia proudly standing atop a globe inscribed with the motto from Nelson's coat of arms palmam qvi mervit ferat ('Let him who has merited it take the palm'), she holds an olive branch in her outstretched right hand, a trident in her left and looks inland - said to be towards Nelson's birthplace. The whole monument is 144 ft (44 m) high.
On the square of the capital are the names of the ships on board of which the gallant Nelson gained his victories, and on the four sides of the summit of the basement are inscribed the names of the four principal battles:
THE FIRST STONE
Members of the Sub-Committee
HONAT: DOM. NELSON
HORATIO LORD NELSON,|
Whom, as her first and proudest champion in naval fight,
honoured, while living, with her favour,
and, when lost, with her tears;
Of whom, signalized by his triumphs in all lands,
the whole earth
stood in awe on account of the tempered firmness of his
counsels, and the undaunted ardour of his courage;
This great man, NELSON NORFOLK
boasts her own, not only as born there of a
respectable family, and as there having received his
early education, but ber own also in talents,
manners, and mind.
The glory of so great a name though sure long to
outlive all monuments of brass and stone,
his fellow countrymen of Norfolk have resolved to commemorate
by this column, erected by their joint contributions.
He was born in the year 1758;
Entered on his profession in 1771;
And was concerned in nearly 150 naval engagements with the enemy.
Being conqueror, among various other occasions, at Aboukir, August, 1798;
At Copenhagen, April, 1801;
And at Trafalgar, October, 1805:
Which last victory, the crown of so many glorious achievements,
he consecrated by a death, equally mournful to his
country, and honourable to himself
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