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Lord Nelson Funeral Ticket, 1806
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Lord Nelson Funeral Ticket, 1806

Measurements: Overall: 17cm x 20.5cm (6.75in x 8in)

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A ticket for the ‘Funeral of Lord Nelson / St Paul’s, Jan.1806’ to ‘Admit the bearer at the North door to the Galleries between the Dome and the Choir’. Additionally inscribed by hand ‘Board of Works’ and signed and sealed by the Bishop of Lincoln in his capacity as Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The funeral of Admiral Lord Nelson took place over five days in January 1806. Arriving at Greenwich on 23 December 1805, the much lamented hero lay in state in the Painted Hall from 5th to 7th January in a coffin made from the main mast of the French ship, L'Orient, destroyed during Nelson's famous victory at the Nile. More than 15,000 people came to pay their respects and many more were turned away. Nelson's body was taken from Greenwich up the Thames to Whitehall on 8 January, spending the night before the funeral at the Admiralty. The next day it was placed in a funeral car modelled on the Victory and taken through the streets to St Paul's, where it was finally laid to rest in the crypt.

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