Great Yarmouth service marks 200th anniversary of Nelson monument

The service marked the 200th anniversary of the start of work for the Nelson monument.
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The service marked the 200th anniversary of the start of work for the Nelson monument. Picture supplied: Niamh Payne - Credit: Archant

A special service has been held to mark the 200th anniversary of a towering monument to Britain's greatest naval hero in Great Yarmouth

The blessing of the Nelson monument at South Denes saw a service led by Rev Simon Ward, the new rector of Great Yarmouth team ministry

Kerry Robinson-Payne, mayor of the borough and curator of the Nelson Museum, gave a talk on the history of the 144ft high landmark.

Prayers were said by Rev Jemma Sander-Heys.

The well attended event also saw John Ward, chairman of Norfolk County Council, among the civic dignitaries present.


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The Norfolk Naval Pillar, as it is officially known, was funded by public subscription and cost £7,000.

Work started on August 15 1817 and took two years to complete.

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Its location was chosen so it could be seen from the land and the sea.

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