The Nelson Trail has been designed to allow people to walk in the footsteps of Britain’s greatest naval hero, Admiral Lord Nelson.

Nelson and Merton

The London Borough of Merton has a number of sites associated with the life of Nelson. These range from historic buildings and churches, to the site of the Admiral’s former residence Merton Place as well as land owned by his friends and neighbours.

Although his residence here was punctuated by lengthy periods at sea, Nelson loved the peace and charm of the area he termed “dear, dear Merton.”

For a brief period during the early 1800s, Nelson shared Merton Place, with his lover Emma Hamilton and her husband, Sir William, (a former diplomat and patron of the Arts.) This bizarre domestic arrangement scandalised British society, however Nelson’s status as a national hero endeared him to the local population.


All the sites included are accessible by public transport. A number of buildings are open to the public or by prior appointment and you can cover most of the trail in one day.

Further information

A collection of books relating to Lord Nelson, Emma and Sir William Hamilton is available at:

Merton Local Studies Centre (2nd Floor)
Morden Library
London Road

Phone: 020 8545 3239
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