A DOUBLE NELSON – 2 July Talk and 18 July Walk

Thursday 2 July 7.00pm
DIET, DIRT & DISCIPLINE – Medical Development in Nelson’s Navy

Nelson's flagship HMS Victory

HMS Victory

The notorious fighting superiority of Nelson’s ships owed much to the health and discipline of the men. In the second half of the eighteenth century, the medical officers in the British Navy obtained several improvements in general diet and hygiene. These efforts are recounted in a talk by historian Jane Bowden-Dan.
Doors 6.30pm, talk 7.00pm
Free and no need to book
Jessie Mylne Education Centre, Fulham Palace, Bishop’s Avenue, SW6 6EA NB New venue
Putney Bridge Tube, Buses 430, 220, 74 or 14, 414 short walk from Fulham Road

Saturday, 18 July at 2.30pm

You are invited to join the Nelson’s Paradise Merton Tour run by a Qualified National Trust Guide on Saturday 18 July. The walk will start promptly at the South Wimbledon underground station and will access the private part of Morden Lodge and there will be a pre-booked tea in a designated area of the Cafe at Morden Hall Park NT. Please book through: Morden Hall Website go to the second page of events by clicking next at the bottom.
Cost £10 including booking fee.

4 Responses to A DOUBLE NELSON – 2 July Talk and 18 July Walk

  1. Lillian says:

    I believe my ancestors crewed on neilson’s ship. Rivers was the name

    • Jane Bowden-Dan says:

      Lillian, Many (delayed) thanks for this information. Your ancestor may have been William Rivers, HMS Victory’s Gunner for 20 years from 1793 to 1812. He was one of the flagship’s ‘specialists’ and a ‘standing officer’ who would have stayed with the ship whether it was in active service or laid up in harbour ‘in ordinary’.
      The records kept by Gunner Rivers show that during the Battle of Trafalgar HMS Victory fired 3,041 shot and expended 7.5 tons of gunpowder, 3 tons of junk wads, 3,000 musket balls and 1,000 pistol shot. (Ref: new Pitkin Guide, ‘HMS Victory’ published by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth – pp 28-29 ISBN: 978-1-84165-347-1). Jane B-D

  2. Gemma Sirtori-Foa says:

    How far is the walk, please? Gemma

    Sent from my iPad


    • Jane Bowden-Dan says:

      Gemma, I guess that the Walk on Saturday is approx. 3 miles in all, on level paths (along the River Wandle Trail or through Morden Hall Park) or on pavements. It will end at about 4.30pm at Morden Lodge, having included a break for tea and cakes at the NT Cafe en route.
      Apologies for a delayed reply! Jane Bowden-Dan

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