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Follow in Nelson's footsteps
Did you know that Lord Nelson used to live in Merton? He moved into Merton Place in 1801, after separating from his wife. Lady Hamilton bought the property on his behalf for £9000, and although it only had one wing and an annex at the time, it went over an extensive renovation. It was given a grand entrance with an added kitchen, drawing room, and bedroom. The beautiful garden was also given a moat in honour of Nelson's great naval battle.
Nelson had many other connections with Merton that you can learn about in a lecture on the 16th October at West Barnes Library in Motspur Park between 10.30am-12pm.
You can also learn about Nelson's life in Merton in your own time by following The Nelson Trail: a walk around many of the buildings he was connected with during the time before his death.
The trail starts at the Church of St. Mary, to which he was a patron. You then continue to Morden Lodge, and follow on to Mitcham Cricket Ground, where used to watch the local team. Nelson also visited Eagle House, Wandle Park, and had a pub named after him called the Nelson Arms. As well as Merton Place, Nelson also bought some land at Gatehouse. The trail ends at the Church of St. John, where you can see the altarpiece that was made from the wood of Nelson's flagship.