Nelson Gate, North Yorkshire

NELSON GATE, Dunscombe Park, North Yorkshire

I’ve not visited this one, but its been in the news recently –

A 206-YEAR-OLD stone arch built to commemorate one of Britain’s great naval victories is standing proud again after a painstaking restoration project.

Nelson Gate, next to the A170 on the outskirts of Helmsley and originally an entrance to the Duncombe Park estate, is believed to be one of the earliest monuments to Lord Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar.

A 2011 survey found parts of its stonework had severely decayed. The end of the resulting restoration scheme was marked yesterday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by organisations which funded the project, including the Country Houses Foundation, the War Memorials Trust, the Yorkshire Gardens Trust and the North York Moors National Park Authority.

Nelson Gate has been a Grade II listed building since 1955, and can be found-

OS Grid Reference: SE6133281761
OS Grid Coordinates: 461332, 481761
Latitude/Longitude: 54.2279, -1.0607
Postcode: YO62 5EE

The official description is –

Gateway in form of triumphal arch for Duncombe Park. 1806.
Sandstone ashlar. Triumphal arch with impost and dated keystone and
superimposed Tuscan order.

Inscribed frieze; to front: ‘To the memory
of Lord Viscount Nelson and the unparalleled gallant achievements of the
British navy’.

To rear: ‘Lamented Hero! 0 price his conquering
country grieved to pays 0 dear bought glories of Trafalgar Day!’
Moulded cornice.

Its not mentioned in Gwyn Headley & Wim Meulenkamp’s   Follies – A Guide To Rogue Architecture [1986],  though Dunscombe Park is – apparently it also boasts Ionic and Tuscan Temple follies – although to be honest, their research seems to get sketchier the further they get from London.

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