May 2012

In spring 2012 we undertook preparatory work in advance of the conservation, repair and cleaning of the Nelson Pediment.

This stunning pediment is made of Coade stone, a ceramic material designed to replicate carved stone. The highly successful Lambeth-based factory was run by Eleanor Coade and the 12 metre pediment represents one of the most ambitious pieces of Coade stone ever produced.

It was designed by the American artist Benjamin West as a tribute to Admiral Lord Nelson, the great hero who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Nelson's body, surrounded by allegorical figures relating to the sea and naval victory, is received by Britannia.

Over the years we became aware of a number of fractures in the Coade stone, and there is some erosion to the Portland stone surround of the pediment, which we think has not been restored since its installation in 1812.

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