Nelson’s Column To Return To North Norfolk. London Landmark Set For Relocation To Nelson’s Birthplace
Plans are underway for Trafalgar Square’s iconic Nelson’s Column to be relocated to the North Norfolk coast in time for the 210th anniversary of the death of the region’s most famous son.
Visit North Norfolk has formally approached the GLA and Boris Johnson about the suggestion and has a petition of over 100K signatures from people across the globe who want to see Nelson returned to his home. Lucy Downing of Visit North Norfolk puts forward the argument:
“Lord Nelson was born in the tiny North Norfolk village of Burnham Thorpe and also lived there with his wife between 1786 and 1793 while waiting to be assigned a ship. It is time Nelson once again gazed across the coast he loved, rather than the metropolitan vista he has endured for the past 172 years. What’s more, given North Norfolk is one of the driest places in the UK, it will mean the statue will be less open to rain erosion.
David Henry, Senior Construction Manager of MJS Projects added:
“It is entirely feasible to transport and re-erect such a structure with carefully planning and the right people on board. According to history, Hitler had planned to relocate the structure to Berlin had he won the war. And if it was possible to London Bridge to Arizona, moving Nelson’s Column should be a far simpler task”
An area within Pensthorpe Natural Park*, Fakenham, inbetween the Millennium Garden and Wensum Wetlands has already been prepared for the statue, chosen because it is in the heart of North Norfolk. Just 10 miles from his birthplace, it will allow Nelson to gaze across his beloved county and out to sea. The park itself boasts over six natural lakes and is set alongside the River Wensum, allowing the naval hero to be close to water. It is also rumoured Nelson was a keen birdwatcher and, from his new perch, he’ll be able to enjoy a vast array of different species as North Norfolk is a bird spotters’ paradise.
At this stage, Visit North Norfolk has no plans to include the four lions in the relocation. If an agreement with GLA is reached, it is hoped the delicate work of removing Nelson’s Column section by section will begin after the Easter holidays. It is hoped it will be installed by 21st October – the 210th anniversary of his death.
For further information, images or comment please call Visit North Norfolk’s Lucy Downing on 07909 958989 or Mark Noble at Pensthorpe Natural Park on 01328 851465 x 207
Visit North Norfolk
Visit North Norfolk (VNN) is a not for profit company and is the official Destination Management Organisation for the North Norfolk area. Private sector led, VNN exists to support local tourism businesses, helping them to achieve a higher profile than they would alone. VNN’s aim is to raise awareness of North Norfolk and in-time make it one of the most popular go-to destinations for a holiday or short break in the UK. Seewww.visitnorthnorfolk.com for further details.
*Pensthorpe Natural Park
Set in the beautiful Wensum Valley in the heart of the Norfolk countryside and voted Norfolk’s Best Large Visitor Attraction 2014*, multi award-winning Pensthorpe Natural Park is more than just a showcase for conservation and wildlife. In its 27th year, the former home to BBC Springwatch (2008-2010) continues to captivate its visitors with its unique surroundings and thousands of bird, plant and wildlife species who call it home. The 660 acre estates’ primary focus is re-engaging people with the outdoors and natural world and inspiring the next generation of wildlife enthusiasts. Located near Fakenham, North Norfolk, NR21 0LN