Nelson Monument

Calton Hill

The Nelson Monument was erected on Calton Hill in 1816.

The design chosen for the Nelson Monument, was by Robert Burns, an upturned telescope. 

One of the designs that was not chosen was by Alexander Nasmyth [1758-1840], one of the leading figures in the Scottish Enlightenment

 

Photographs

   Nelson Monument on Calton Hill - Photograph by Begbie

Thomas Vernon Begbie

late-1850s

   Albumen Print pf Nelson Monument on Calton Hill  -  by George Washington Wilson

George Washington Wilson

when?

 

Engraving

Engraving in Modern Athens  -  The Nelson Monument

Modern Athens

1829

 

Photographs

2002-2006

Photograph by Peter Stubbs  -  Edinburgh  -  November 2002  -  Nelson's Monument on Calton Hill

2002

  The Nelson Monument on Calton Hill.  The time ball being raised at 12.55pm

Time Ball 2006

  The Nelson Monument on Calton Hill.  The time ball photographed at 11.59pm on October 2, 2006  -  waiting to be lowered at 1pm

Time Ball 2006

  The Nelson Monument on Calton Hill. Time ball in raised position at 12.59pm on October 16, 2006  -  About to be lowered

Time Ball 2006

The Time Ball

I've found that many of the subjects of my photos seem to disappear or stop working, once I start to photograph them.  The time ball on the Nelson Monument is no exception.

After falling at 1pm, almost every day since 1852, the time ball, weighing 762kg, is now out of action, having suffered damage in the recent gales.

Edinburgh council is to order a full detailed survey to see how it can be repaired.  Council leader, Donald Anderson added:

"The time ball is a nationally significant time-keeping instrument, that pre-dates the one o'clock gun and it is vital that we ensure any work carried out is done by a specialist in order for it to continue working into the next century."

Edinburgh Evening News:  March 16, 2007

 

Update and Photographs

June 2009

The Time Ball

Edinburgh Council is currently restoring the Nelson Monument.  It is currently hidden by scaffolding, but should re-appear soon.  As part of this restoration, the time ball and its mechanism has been restored.

The time ball was removed from the monument about six weeks ago and was replaced today, June 30, 2009.  The time-ball used to be painted white, but  is now painted black, so it should be clearly visible against the sky.

The ball is raised half way up its pole at the top of the Nelson Monument at 12.55am, then raised to the top of the pole at 12.58pm, then is allowed to fall, about 8ft, to the bottom of the pole at 1pm.  The end of the fall is dampened by a plunger in a column of water.  This happens daily, except when the weather is too windy or foggy.

The original purpose of the time ball was to give a visible signal that the time was 1pm to the shipping in Leith Harbour and the Firth of Forth.

The restoration work on the time ball has been carried out by Ritchie Clockmakers, the company that designed and constructed the time ball in 1852, and the Edinburgh brass founders, Charles Laing & Sons.

Below are some photos taken when the time ball was brought back to the Nelson Monument on June 30, 2009.  Please click on these thumbnail images to enlarge them.

The time ball arrives back at the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill folowing its restoration

2009

The time ball arrives back at the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill folowing its restoration

2009

The time ball arrives back at the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill folowing its restoration

2009

Workers from the Charles Laing & Sons loundry in Edinburgh bring out the new North, South, East and West signs for the Nelson Monument

2009

The time ball is raised to the top of of the Nelson Monument

2009

The time ball is raised to the top of of the Nelson Monument 

2009

The time ball is raised to the top of of the Nelson Monument

2009

The time ball is raised to the top of of the Nelson Monument

2009

The time ball is raised to the top of of the Nelson Monument

2009

The time ball is raised to the top of of the Nelson Monument 

2009

The time ball is raised to the top of of the Nelson Monument

2009

The time ball is raised to the top of of the Nelson Monument

2009

 

Trafalgar Day

October 21,  2011

  Nelson Monuments decorated with flags for Trafalgar Day, 2011

View from East

  Nelson Monuments decorated with flags for Trafalgar Day, 2011

View from West

  Nelson Monuments decorated with flags for Trafalgar Day, 2011

Zoom-in

View from East

  Nelson Monuments decorated with flags for Trafalgar Day, 2011

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View from East

 

Monument floodlit for

Torchlight Procession

December 30, 2011

Photo taken at Calton Hill on the evening of the Torchlight Procession  -  December 30, 2011

Photo taken at Calton Hill on the evening of the Torchlight Procession  -  December 30, 2011

Photo taken at Calton Hill on the evening of the Torchlight Procession  -  December 30, 2011

Photo taken at Calton Hill on the evening of the Torchlight Procession  -  December 30, 2011

Photo taken at Calton Hill on the evening of the Torchlight Procession  -  December 30, 2011

Photo taken at Calton Hill on the evening of the Torchlight Procession  -  December 30, 2011

 

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