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Lord Horatio Nelson

Who was he?

Wikipedia: Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, KB (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was an English flag officer famous for his service in the Royal Navy, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. He won several victories, including the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, during which he was killed.

Why was he in Bath?

According to Sugden (2005): "In Nelson’s day health meant one place above all others: the town of Bath ... the last word in resorts for ailing men and women of fashion. It was an eighteenth century health farm with a clientele that included almost every layer of the ‘gentler’ classes, from royalty to parsons. Horatio had known about it most of his life. His father regularly wintered there, and his sister Susanna had served her apprenticeship at Watson’s, a local milliners, before working as a shop assistant in the town until she married in 1780. Almost everyone had heard of the famous but mystical healing properties of Bath’s thermal spring waters, and Nelson believed the stories implicitly. Accordingly, the Bath Journal of 22 January 1781 proclaimed his arrival in the town in its customary roll call of visiting dignitaries. (pp 182-3)

"The town had numerous attractions. It was packed with apothecaries and physicians, a few of them respectable, but many peddling cure-all cordials and pills to the sick, old and lame. The waters, they said, relieved everything from gout and jaundice to deafness and infertility, whether imbibed in the Pump Room or taken immersed to the neck in one of the five baths.

Nelson "boarded in the house of an apothecary, Joseph Spry, at no. 2 Pierrepont Street":
Plaque at 2 Pierrepont Street Bath
"It was a mid-terrace property with attic windows in the pitched roof and a basement for the servants, but Nelson probably occupied the ground floor to the left of the front door because his legs were still extremely weak." [Sugden 2005]

Nelson's father, Edmund, lodged across the road at number 9 and "nursed his son on arrival until he became more mobile". [Hodgkin 2004]

Whittet (1983) gives some additional information:
"Whilst a young Captain he stayed with Joseph Spry at 2 Pierrepont Street, from the autumn of 1780 to August 1781, and again in 1797 when he paid £2 for medicines 'to his old friend Spry the apothecary' whilst lodging with him after the loss of an arm. Spry was then in Argyle Buildings."

Plaque to Admiral Lord Nelson

The text reads

"Here dwelt Admiral Lord Nelson b. 1758 d.1805"

Location map of 2 Pierrepont Street
Nelson location map



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