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2015 Salisbury Trafalgar Weekend and Annual General Meeting 23-25 October

23/10/2015 - 25/10/2015


Salisbury 1Salisbury Cathedral and the Close where Nelson’s wife, Fanny Nisbet, lived 1780-1782

This ‘Not to be Missed’ Weekend Includes:

Visit to the Nile Clumps.  These beech copses, neighbouring Stonehenge, were planted by the Duke of Queensbury (old Q), reputedly at the behest of Emma Hamilton, to represent the position of the French and British ships at the height of the Battle of the Nile.

Lecture 1 – The notorious William Beckford, Nelson & the Hamiltons.  Dr Amy Frost of the Bath Preservation Trust will talk on the eccentric millionaire, William Beckford, who built the amazing folly Fonthill Abbey, and his relationship with Nelson and the Hamiltons.

Lecture 2 – Sailing HMS Pickle.  A talk by the renowned sailor and author Tom Cunliffe, who presented the BBC 4 programme on building the replica HMS Pickle, famed carrier of the Trafalgar dispatches.  (Salisbury was one of Lt Lapenotiere’s (captain of HMS Pickle) stopping places on his way to London and the event is commemorated by a ‘Trafalgar Way’ plaque outside the Tourist Information Office located at the rear of the Guild Hall.)

Conducted Tours.  Following the AGM there will be conducted tours of the Cathedral (see the best remaining copy of the Magna Carta in its 800th Anniversary year and the memorial to the 3rd Earl Nelson) and Arundells (historic home of Britain’s sailing prime-minister, Edward Heath – see his wonderful collection of marine paintings and remarkable ship models made by Napoleonic PoWs).

Trafalgar Dinner.  On 20th December 1800, Lord Nelson, in the company of the Hamiltons, received from the Mayor the ‘Freedom of the City’ at Salisbury Guild Hall.  Following a re-enactment of this event the 2015 Trafalgar Dinner will be held in the very same banqueting hall where Nelson dined that day with the Mayor.

Service in Salisbury Cathedral.  Nelson Society members will be welcomed at the Sunday morning service in Salisbury Cathedral.  This will be followed by a ‘carvery’ lunch at The Mercure White Hart Hotel (also location for lectures and the AGM – see The Nelson Dispatch for accommodation booking details).

How to take Part.  To participate in this fascinating weekend, walking in the footsteps of Admiral Nelson, Frances Nisbet, Emma Hamilton and Lt Lapenotiere, complete the Booking Form in your Spring Edition of The Nelson Dispatch.  If you are not a member of the Nelson Society JOIN NOW!

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Tom Cunliffe with replica HMS Pickle

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