Britannia is symbol of, and ancient name for, Britain – Nelson was always fiercely patriotic. Britannia is posed facing North-West, where, about 50 miles away as the crow flies, lies Nelson’s birthplace at Burnham Thorpe. Britannia’s arms are outstretched holding an olive branch (peace) and a trident (the emblem of the Greek sea-god Neptune). Britannia stands on a globe, which itself is inscribed with the Latin motto: Qui Meruit Ferat Palmam. The Caryatid figures are derived from Greek temples, where they take the place of columns on some significant buildings, and hold out palm branches and laurel (or bay) wreaths, which are also found on the frieze at the top of the pedestal.
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