Monday, July 28, 2008
National Maritime Museum - Greenwich
The magnificent group of buildings designed by Sir Christopher Wren was originally the Old Seaman’s Hospital.
It is set on the banks of the Thames and I have used the setting for a scene in my Age-of-sail novel.
Today the Maritime Museum houses a brilliant section on Admiral Lord Nelson.
One display is the uniform he was wearing when he fell at Trafalgar with the bullet hole in the shoulder.
His stocking are stained with the blood of one of his men.
One feature of the old building is the Painted Hall.
It is in this hall that Nelson’s body was laid in state for several days before he was taken upriver to be buried at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Photo: Nelson at Trafalgar (well a London pub by that name!)
Photo: Part of the Painted Hall