"Nelson's column" Historical Tip by iandsmith

Historical, London: 219 reviews and 548 photos

  The towering column on another gloomy London day.
by iandsmith

Favorite thing: The unmistakeable column rides high over London's most famous square, Trafalgar, yet doesn't dominate it.
Erected in 1842, 14 stonemasons actually held a dinner on the flat top just before the Nelson part was added. The impassive lions, located at its base, were an afterthought 25 years later.
With the National Gallery, the fountain, South Africa House and the Grand Buildings on the south side, there is much to distract the eye.
The area is populated heavily and noted for its pigeons but humans are apt to demonstrate here and, if you want to avoid crowds, don't come here on New Years Eve!

Fondest memory: Here's a bit of trivia for you. St Martin-in-the-Fields is a fairly well known church at Trafalagar Square though the present one, completed in 1726, was built over an earlier 13th century version. Architecturally speaking, its influence has spread far and wide, particularly in the United States where it became a model for Colonial Style churches. However, should you be waiting to hear the chimes from its historical and melodious bells, you should be listening in Perth, Western Australia, where they were given as a gift and now are housed in a special and unique building by the shores of the Swan River.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 2, 2006
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