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Not admirable, Nelson! Village named after seafaring hero comes under fire

Not admirable, Nelson! Village named after seafaring hero comes under fire over his support for slave owners

  • Inn at Nelson, near Caerphilly, was named after the naval hero following his visit 
  • Village expanded around pub because of coal mining and adopted the name 
  • Officials at Labour-run council compiled list of suspect places linked to slavery 


A village has been added to a dossier of sites connected to the slave trade because its name comes from a pub styled after Lord Nelson.

The inn at Nelson, near Caerphilly, was named after the naval hero following his visit to the area in 1803, two years before his death at the Battle of Trafalgar.

The village expanded around the pub because of coal mining and adopted the same name. 

Although the admiral never took part in slave activities, he expressed support for slave owners – believing that abolition would undermine the Royal Navy, which depended on merchant crew in wartime.

The inn at Nelson, near Caerphilly, was named after the naval hero following his visit to the area in 1803

Officials at Labour-run Caerphilly council compiled the list of suspect places linked to slavery for a national audit. 

Tory Welsh parliament member Natasha Asghar branded the dossier ‘absolutely absurd’.

Labour first minister Mark Drakeford said of the audit: ‘It is about learning from the events of the past’

Labour first minister Mark Drakeford said of the audit: ‘It is about learning from the events of the past’

‘To slander an entire village in this way is outrageous,’ she told the Sunday Telegraph.

The controversy has led to calls for Nelson – population 4,600 – to go by its Welsh name, Ffos y Gerddinen. 

Labour first minister Mark Drakeford said of the audit: ‘It is about learning from the events of the past.’

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