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The Nile Clumps

As you drive down the A303 this year and are about to pass Stonehenge, unknowingly you are passing through another historic monument.
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These are clumps of Beech trees known as the Nile Clumps -

"On the eastern side of the ridge, there were planted clumps of trees early in the nineteenth century by William, 4th Duke of Queensbury, to represent the position of the ships engaged in the 1798 battle at Abu-Kir Bay (the spelling is variable) with the tree line at the new King Barrows used to represent the Abu-kir peninsular in Bequire Island.

"there is strong evidence from a local amateur historian (that) Captain Thomas Masterman Hardy supervised the location of these clumps. This is quite possible for (1) William, 4th Duke of Queensbury, was an admiral in his own right and Hardy could well have been a house guest; (2) Emma, Lady Hamilton, was living in or near Winterslow while Nelson lived in the now called Trafalgar House - about eight miles from Winterslow on the edge of the New Forest (presented by a grateful nation); as stated by the Maritime Museum, it would take somebody with a unique knowledge of this battle to be able accurately to position these clumps to correspond with the battle locations of the ships, including HMS Culloden being aground."

Just shows how important the Battle of The Nile was, whereas now we only remember that other battle he fought and died in.

Comments

I can't quite make it out which is the Abu-peninsula since that damn road is in the way, but the MultiMap aerial thing is quite bitchin'.

"...that other battle..." would that be the one with the reds and the blues.

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