Nelson Gate, Sproxton

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It seems to be a month for gates. When I walked the Cleveland Way from Helmsley last year, I didn’t realised that I was only a couple of miles away from one of the oldest Trafalgar memorials, erected at the gates to Duncombe Park in 1806. So, heading back to the coast, I took the chance to take a very scenic route from York to Scarborough and pay a visit to the gate, as well as a second visit to Helmsley when it was likely to be a bit less overrun with tourists.

The main entrance is beside Helmsley Castle, so this is a ‘back gate’, with a little lodge, and the road running away straight at first, although further on it winds through the grounds.

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Gate and lodge

The stonework of the gate has decayed badly over the years, and the front part of the pillars has recently been replaced.

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Nelson Gate

The gate is inscribed with the date, 1806, and a dedication:

To the memory of Lord Viscount Nelson and the unparalleled gallant achievements of the British Navy

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Nelson Gate inscription

The gate was unlocked, so I slipped through to see if there was an inscription on the back, not really expecting one.

This side is more poetical, inscribed:

Lamented Hero!
O price his conquering country grieved to pay
O dear bought glories of Trafalgar’s Day!

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Reverse inscription

 

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