The area was named after the famous Battle of Trafalgar which was a naval victory that the British obtained as part of the Napoleonic Wars in 1805. Many suggestions were brought up for discussion but the name ‘Trafalgar’ was decided upon by George Ledwell Taylor who was an architect of the 19th century. Having played host to various social events and political gatherings, Trafalgar Square is in fact owned by the Queen while the Greater London Authority is responsible for managing the premises.
A notable feature of the area is its well decorated architecture that was designed by famed architect Sir Charles Barry who was also instrumental in rebuilding the Houses of Parliament. Amongst its treasured features, none quite entices visitors like Nelson’s Column found at the centre of the square. Surrounded by beautiful fountains that were crafted by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the proud structure showcased a statuette of Horatio Nelson who was the Vice Admiral of the British Fleet at Trafalgar atop a Corinthian column that rose to an imposing 200 feet. At its base were four bronze lions sculptured by Sir Edwin Landseer in the year 1867.
Historians and lovers of art would revel in these conditions for Trafalgar Square beckons you to explore its well maintained and magnificent structures that date back centuries. Many plinths found at strategic locations in the area denote statues of famous military personnel. The 4th plinth has been used to showcase examples of contemporary artwork while the 19th century witnessed more plinths being included. Those heading over to the south east section of the square will be welcomed by the impressive statue of Sir Henry Havelock which was the work of William Behnes in 1861.
Happen to be travelling during Christmas? Then you can take in the beauty, colour and festive spirit by Trafalgar Square and feast your eyes on the Christmas tree which has gone in history as being the largest of its kind in the nation’s capital. Many of England’s sporting achievements have been celebrated amidst a large gathering of ardent supporters wanting to catch a glimpse of the prize and its proud bearers. From the 2003 Rugby World Cup winning team to Michael Vaughan’s victorious Ashes winning squad of 2005, the square has certainly been at the heart of such memorable feats.
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Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travelers across all walks of life.