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NELSON'S STATUE - LLANFAIRPWLL

The statue to Nelson is situated on shores of the Menai Straits between the Britannia Bridge and the stately home Plas Newydd home to the Paget family at the time the statue was erected. It was Admiral Lord Paget, a former Lord of the Admiralty, who wanted to commemorate Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. The Admiralty were surveying the Menai Strait at the time and suggested that if an already planned statue design of Neptune Roman God of the sea was changed to Lord Nelson it would be more appropriate as a navigation aid to local mariners navigating this difficult stretch of water. The suggestion was accepted by Lord Clarence of the Admiralty and the statue was erected in 1873. Lord Clarence Paget had used concrete to create statues for his estate as it was much cheaper than marble and more durable to the exposed environment of North Wales. Portland cement and iron for the internal framework were donated by suppliers.

NELSON