Horatio, Lord Nelson (Bull Ring Statue)

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Reference WMO/275779


St Martin's Walk

Bull Ring


B5 4BH


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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Figure sculpture
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Portland stone
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Revolutionary/Napoleonic (1792-1815)
About the memorial: Lord Nelson is represented in a reposed and dignified attitude, his left arm reclining on an anchor. He is adorned with the many medals and Orders his illustrious naval career had earned him. To the left of the statue is a representation of HMS Victory with Nike, goddess of victory, holding aloft her customary laurel wreath, at the prow. Above the ship is a facsimile of the Flag Staff truck of the French flagship of 120 guns, L'Orient, which was recovered by Captain Hood of HMS Zealous from the sea after the Battle of the Nile. The statue's original marble plinth had a cartouche of a mourning figure representing Birmingham, murally crowned accompanied by genii offering trident and rudder. Unveiled 25 Oct 1809. Similar statue by Westmacott in Barbados erected 1813. Moved in 1959. The plinth was damaged in 1960 and was replaced by the current one in 1963, which is made of Portland stone. In 2003 the memorial was cleaned and restored as the focal point of the new Bull Ring development. The wreath laying ceremony was revived in 2004. The original railings were re-instated in September 2005 after a 2 year campaign by The Birmingham Civic Society.
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