Lord Nelson's Statue, Bridgetown, Barbados Pocket Guide

National Heroes Square

Formerly Trafalgar Square, National Heroes Square is located in the capital city of Bridgetown, Barbados.


On June 4th, 1805 Lord Nelson visited Barbados and as a result, a bronze statue of him was erected in 1813 in his honour. Since 1833 the people of Barbados have constantly petitioned in the hope that this statue would be removed completely. To this date, the only change that has occured is the cessation of the traditional wreath laying on the anniversary of Trafalgar and the obvious change of direction in which Lord Nelson once faced.


Black & White Photo of Trafalgar Square, Bridgetown, Barbados Pocket GuideNational Heroes Square surrounds a bronze statue of Lord Nelson, who visited Barbados on June 4, 1805. The Barbadian government erected and unveiled the statue in 1813 site to commemorate the anniversary of the British Royal Navy's victory in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.


On April 22, 1999 the National Heroes Square name was adopted and officially took effect on from April 28th, 1999.


National Heroes Square is home to a few other places of interest that can be seen while in Barbados. There are, the Dolphin Fountain which was erected to commemorate the introduction of running water to Barbados and A War Memorial which honours those Barbadians who fought in both World War I and World War II.


Interestingly enough, during the colonial years many of the milestones across the island of Barbados that are marked with distances from Bridgetown are calculated from this square. The next time you're driving around Barbados or happen to be on an island tour and come across a milestone, stop and have a look.


In 2009 the David Thompson administration (Democratic Labour Party) opened up a proposal to rename the area as "Parliament Square" and to completely redevelop and reconfigure the Square's layout.


Every year, a Remembrance Day Service is held at National Heroes Square.


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