National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Statue of Nelson


Type Statue

     CADW report: 'Square battered chamber built of rubble masonry with limestone dressings and roof platform surmounted by an octagonal plinth and a statue of Lord Nelson in naval uniform looking out over the Menai Strait. Chamber with tapering, square headed doorway in N face and square headed narrow rectangular doorway in NNE face of octagonal plinth, both with studded plank doors. Upper door leads out on to railed platform with 3 cast iron balusters each side.'
     CADW report: 'Lord Clarence Paget, a son of the first Marquess of Anglesey, was a sailor and whilst secretary to the Navy had initiated the Naval Reserve Force. In 1853 he purchased Plas Llanfair and in 1873 had executed the statue of Lord Nelson, to commemorate his death at Trafalgar in 1805. The statue was erected at the waters edge below the Plas as a landmark for mariners.'
     Erected to commemorate Nelson's death at Trafalgar in 1805.


Incised on front of circular base of statue: NELSON Inscription on slate panel inset on front of chamber: ENGLAND / EXPECTS THAT / EVERY MAN / WILL DO HIS / DUTY Inscription on slate panel on west face of chamber: FELL / AT / TRAFALGAR / 1805 Inscription on slate panel on east face of chamber: A / LADDWYD / YN / TRAFALGAR / 1805

Related works : See ANGLESEY009: The Anglesey Column

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Paget, Clarence Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue/plinth/chamber Stone 610cm high approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
  • None
Road None
Precise location On rocky outcrop on northern banks of the Menai Strait, accessible via a path through St. Mary's churchyard
A-Z ref None
OS ref SH536710
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1873
Unveiling details 1873
Commissioned by Admiral Lord Clarence Paget
Duty of care None
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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