Nelson Rumbles On
I notice Greenwich Visitor is leading with local artist Townly Cooke’s photo of Nelson in the back of a van (we talked about the pic a little while ago too. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here – there’s interesting stuff in there – go and pick up a copy or read it online, but it’s all very fishy stuff.
Basically Greenwich Inc claim they can’t put the statue back because Greenwich Council have refused planning permission; Greenwich Council claim Greenwich Inc told them it had vanished without trace. It’s an odd thing to argue about – surely pretty easy for Greenwich Inc to prove if they chose to/actually can.
A pic that David shared with me last week does seem to imply that there was an attempted metal theft and I do remember seeing Nelson seriously on the squonk myself. (I took a snap too but recently lost a whole bunch of images when my computer decided to corrupt some random files and my incremental backup decided to backup the duff stuff, bah…)
It’s entirely possible he’s ended up as a block of bronze anyway. It’s just down to whose block of bronze.
This needs to come out in the thorough wash INC’s liquidator is giving the company. If INC had hoped that everyone would forget Greenwich’s ugliest statue they are clearly wrong – even Nelson’s absence is present. He’s just too big a historic figure.
I find myself in two minds about it. Anyone who has followed this blog for any amount of time will know I hated that statue from the moment it was erected. I had looked forward to a tribute to Britain’s greatest Naval hero being some way along the lines of Britain’s former greatest hero – General Wolfe, up on the hill. That chin takes some getting used to but Wolfe’s is at least an accurate-looking representation, given the paintings available and it captures something of the man’s ahem, thrust and charisma. I was utterly depressed at the reptilian monster unveiled outside the Traf Tavern and I don’t find Greenwich’s art scene the poorer for its loss.
What I do find the poorer is Greenwich itself. Just walking past places like the Spread Eagle, a Grade A. piece of Greenwich history, closed and dead, makes me want to see the administrator being as thorough as it can be.
Ultimately for Greenwich though, however thorough an investigation and however hard any discovered mismanagement is punished, is it will be a Phyrric victory. We have lost a little bit of our soul. a hole has been made in the side of the town’s ship I fear is impossible to plug. A hole made by a small chain that giant chains will be only too pleased to thrust their way into.
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