Did you know it’s Lord Nelson’s birthday?
This week we celebrate Admiral Horatio Nelson’s birthday, born on 29th September 1758 in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk. Arguably Norfolk’s most famous son, Nelson was celebrated as a national hero following his death in the decisive British victory at the Battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic Wars.
He attended Norwich School, housed in the stunning grounds of Norwich Cathedral and then Paston College in North Walsham, North Norfolk before embarking on a military career in the Navy; rising rapidly through the ranks. Nelson fought in a number of battles with great success, gaining a reputation for his personal valour and firm grip on military tactics. However he also suffered losses, including that of his arm during the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Nelson died following Britain’s greatest naval victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, after being fatally wounded by a musket ball fired by a French sharpshooter.
“I am a Norfolk man and glory in being so.” – Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson
He remains one of the best remembered figures in British history, due in no small part to Nelson’s Column, a statue of him overlooking Trafalgar Square in London. Norfolk is dubbed as ‘Nelson’s County’, as you are reminded of when you drive in to the county. The Nelson Museum in Great Yarmouth is the only museum entirely dedicated to him, in the same town where he was awarded Freedom of the Borough in 1800. A statue of Nelson, by Thomas Milne, also resides within the grounds at Norwich School whilst a large portrait of him can be seen at Blackfriars Hall. A number of artefacts relating to Nelson’s life and even death, including the musket ball that killed him, were recently on display in the Norwich Castle exhibition ‘Nelson and Norfolk’, which the History Mystery team really enjoyed visiting.
We can’t wait to find a venue that will do justice to telling the story of Lord Nelson through one of our real-life escape games. For now you can enjoy the thrilling games we have at Norwich’s medieval Guildhall, or try your hand at the world’s first escape game in a church at Blickling Church. Discover more and book here.