Nelson in Anglesey

Years ago I was asked to give a talk in Monmouth about the commemoration of Nelson.   At the time, I didn’t know – or had managed to forget – that one of the maddest and most magnificent monuments to Nelson, apart from Trafalgar Square, is a big statue of him standing in the middle of the Menai Straits, visible, I presume, from Plas Newydd, but from nowhere else.   He stands stately and rather forlorn, with a big inscription ENGLAND EXPECTS THAT EVERY MAN WILL DO HIS DUTY.   It was apparently erected by Admiral Lord Clarence Paget, a son of the first Marquess of Anglesey, to warn boats of the tidal rapids known as the Swellies:-

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