Archaeologists aim to rebuild Nelson summer house

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A team of archaeologists is aiming to rebuild a summer house formerly attended by Lord Nelson and his aristocratic mistress, it has been revealed.

According to Wales Online, the team discovered the foundations of the house at Monmouth's historic Nelson Garden during renovation work.

It is thought that Britain's famous naval hero took tea in the summer house, which was then located in the grounds of the town garden, accompanied by his lover Lady Emma Hamilton and her husband Sir William.

Historians have suggested that an affair began after the trio fled an expected French invasion of Naples in 1798.

The original summer house was demolished and replaced with the Nelson Pavilion a number of years after the admiral's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Wales Online reported that the team of excavators is now looking for photographs of the original property in order to help them rebuild the summer house.

People with photographs of the original summer house were urged to contact the Nelson Museum on 01600 710 630.

Posted by David Webb
    - 19 October 2010
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