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Glasgow Green, Nelson Monument, Including Railings

A Category A Listed Building in Calton, Glasgow

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8515 / 55°51'5"N

Longitude: -4.2407 / 4°14'26"W

OS Eastings: 259824

OS Northings: 664303

OS Grid: NS598643

Mapcode National: GBR 0PQ.F4

Mapcode Global: WH3P8.T6T0

Entry Name: Glasgow Green, Nelson Monument, Including Railings

Listing Date: 15 December 1970

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 377882

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33837

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glasgow

County: Glasgow

Town: Glasgow

Electoral Ward: Calton

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Description

David Hamilton, 1806. Monument, said to be the first in the UK erected to commemorate Horatio (the Viscount) Nelson's victories (Battle of Trafalgar was in 1805). Giant (144' high) obelisk on square plinth and enclosed by cast-iron railings. Polished ashlar.

Statement of Interest

The monument was struck and damaged by lightning ( a long structural crack is evident) shortly after building - an event commemorated in a painting by John Knox (in People's Palace Museum). Tablet added to plinth 1965 to commemorate James Watt's pioneering work with steam power at Glasgow Green in 1765.

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