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Memorial Title

Adm Lord Nelson - Nelson's Monument

Summary
Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial obelisk commemorating the life of Adm Lord Nelson on Birchen Edge, Robin Hood, Derbyshire.
Images
Setting Memorial Plaque Rock
Locations
Last known location:
Moorland
Birchen Edge
Chesterfield Rd (A619)
Robin Hood
Derbyshire
Nearest postcode:
DE45 1PQ

NGR:
SK 27883 72933 ±5m
Location details:
The memorial is on the cliff edge of a gritstone edge in heather moorland about 2.5km east of Baslow.
Type
Overall type: Obelisk.


Overall condition: Fair..


Description:

A gritstone obelisk surmounted by a ball. Inscriptions are incised on the 6 and 3 o’clock faces of the obelisk and on the rock surface near the base. A later metal plaque is set into the rock surface near the base. Three large natural rocks nearby, supposedly resembling ships’ prows, are known as the Three Ships and have ships’ names incised on their faces.
Components:

Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Obelisk Gritstone c3000 c400 c400 Fair
Ball Gritstone c300 dia - Fair
Plaque Metal 150 230 c2 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Inscription
6 o'clock face of obelisk:
SL
OCT 21
1805
[SL may be graffiti)]

3 o'clock face of obelisk:
HF
[May be graffiti)]

Rock surface near base of obelisk:
GH
[May be graffiti)]

Plaque:
NELSON’S MONUMENT
ERECTED IN 1810 TO THE MEMORY
OF
ADMIRAL LORD NELSON
AND TO COMMEMORATE THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR
A.D.
NELSON
DIED
Oct. 21
1805
RESTORED IN 1992 BY THE 1805 CLUB AND THE PEAK NATIONAL PARK
PLEASE DO NOT DEFACE OR TIE ROPES TO THE MONUMENT

Northern rock:
VICTORY

Central rock:
DEFIANCE

Southern rock:
ROYAL SOVERIN
[Sic]

Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Napoleonic Wars (1813-1815)
Number died 1
Number served and returned 0
Total names 1
Administration
Custodian: Not known

Local authorities:
From 19th century: Baslow and Bubnell Urban District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From WW2: Baslow and Bubnell Parish Council; Bakewell Rural District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
From 1974: Baslow and Bubnell Parish Council; Derbyshire Dales District Council; Derbyshire County Council.
History
1810: The memorial is believed to have been donated by John Brightman of Baslow.

12th September 2008: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson and Alan Willmot. It was in fair condition.
References
Comments
The monument is known to commemorate the death of Admiral Horatio Nelson, Baron Nelson of the Nile, who died on 21st October 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar on board HMS Victory, although he is not actually named on it.

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