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Nelson Tower

Located near the top of Cluny Hill within Grant Park in Forres (Moray), the white octagonal Nelson Tower provides excellent views over Findhorn Bay, the Moray Firth and the surrounding area. The Gothic-style tower comprises three floors, connected by a spiral staircase, and stands 21m (70 feet) high. There is a corbelled-out viewing gallery at the top.

The tower was built in 1806-12 through community subscription to commemorate Admiral Lord Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. It is said to be the most northerly monument to Nelson built in Britain. The foundation stone was laid by James Brodie of Brodie on 26th August 1806. The tower was completed six years later and officially opened on the seventh anniversary of Nelson's victory. It features various memorials of Trafalgar, the Nile and Copenhagen. Inside is a memorial to the men of Forres and district, who died in the Boer War unveiled by the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, Lord Lieutenant of Moray, in 1905.

Nelson Tower is owned and managed by Moray Council, who operate a small museum within.


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