There’s an early photograph by Fox-Talbot of the base of Nelson’s Column. You can see the bills on the hoardings, including one that says post no bills.
This isn’t Nelson’s Column, this is a monument to the father of inland navigation.
I don’t know either.
But the base is more interesting than the top and in the bright, harsh morning sunlight it looks almost like something Franco would have erected.
I don’t know who built this one but it’s part of the National Trust maintained Ashridge Estate now. Far too genteel for associations of fascism.
The cafe does a very nice line in coffee and cake – and they have bowls of water on the ground for the walkers’ dogs.
See it large here.