Admiral Horatio Nelson (Forres Tower)

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Reference WMO/275769


Cluny Hill

South Street


IV36 3BT


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Other structure/building
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Revolutionary/Napoleonic (1792-1815)
About the memorial: Crenelated octagonal tower built in the gothic style, 70 feet (21 mt.) high with a diameter of 24 feet (8 mt.). Interior spiral staircase with three levels. Exterior plaques commemorate Nelson victories at The Nile, Copenhagen and Trafalgar.The rooms at each level are decorated with historic pictures of Forres and some Nelson memorabilia. Two cannons are placed at the entrance. A ‘Trafalgar Club’ was formed by the subscribers to Nelson’s monument in 1807. Members met on the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar - 21 October 1805. Originally the group met at Maclean’s Inn, Forres. Later meetings were held at Nelson’s Tower. The club transferred its assets to Forres Town Council in 1851. The Moray District Council became guardians of the Tower in 1975. Restored after a fire in 1900 by John Forrest.
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[Plaques] In Memory of / ADL. LORD NELSON // The Nile / 1st August / 1798 // Copenhagen / 2nd April / 1801 // Trafalgar / 21st October / 1805 // [Gothic arch over entrance] CONDUITA / AERAE ARCHITECT. // D. SINCLAIR Inspectore / C. STEWART Architecto / A. SMITH Opifice // [Rectangle metal plaque] Nelson’s Tower / This Monument was erected in / 1806 in celebration of Lord / Nelson and his victories. Four / plaques commemorate the / Battle of the Nile 1798, / Copenhagen 1801, Trafalgar / 1805 and that the Tower was built by public subscription / (Architect Charles Stewart). / Built as a meeting place, / viewpoint and landscape / centrepiece, this octagonal / gothic structure contains / three empty rooms. A spiral / stair climbs 70 feet to the / top offering a beautiful / panoramic view over the / Moray Firth area. // [Round metal plaque] Reopened on / 20 August 1991 by / Cllr. Hilda Cumiskie / following restoration by / Moray District Council / in association with / Historic Scotland. //

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