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April 28, 2009

The secret of the Nile Clumps

Google Maps has made it simpler to enjoy a little remembered tribute to Nelson's victory at the Battle of the Nile.

For two centuries they have stood in the heart of England, a landlocked tribute to the brilliance of Admiral Lord Nelson. Planted across three-quarters of a mile of Wiltshire countryside, a series of tree clumps mark the positions of British and French ships during the Battle of the Nile. But despite being one of the largest memorials of its kind in the world, the secret of the Nile Clumps has until now been known only to a few locals and military historians.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 28, 2009 04:48 AM


I'm not sure how 'secret' these trees are, I recall that we used to take school trips to Stonehenge and visit the 'Nile Trees' quite regularly.

Of course, I was young and rowdy and it was all wasted on me, the only Nile I wanted hear about was Rogers.

Posted by: dailybayonet [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 28, 2009 07:46 AM

This is a super cool idea.

Let's plant a bunch more, celebrating other famous Royal Navy victories. And even better, let's plant them (covertly) in France.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 28, 2009 12:05 PM