Nelson�s Column was built to honour Britain�s naval hero, Lord Horatio Viscount Nelson.

The design by William Railton for a colossal column was selected from 124 competition entries. Made of Devonshire granite, it rises 170ft (including the base) and is the tallest Corinthian column in the world. The 17ft tall statue of the one armed Nelson which sits on top of the landmark was created by Edmund Hodges Baily. The lions, modelled by Sir Edwin Landseer in 1867, completed the composition when they were added to the base of the column after Railton�s death.

Contemporary photograph by Jeremy Young

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