Monumental moments

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.


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