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Village of Nelson added to Welsh council’s dossier of sites connected to slavery

With his level of culpability established in the dossier, officials who compiled the list note that there are “no street names but a village named ‘Nelson’” in the Caerphilly area.

The village with a population of 4,600 was included on the list of sites linked to slavery, despite council documents noting that the village’s name is not an “intentional commemoration of Nelson”.

Documents cite the historical fact that “the settlement collected around the railway station … was named for the adjacent Lord Nelson Inn”, rather than directly for the admiral himself.

Lord Nelson’s legacy has been recently reassessed in the wake of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, with some contending that he supported slavery and defended the instiution by maintaining Britain’s naval supremacy.

Review in wake of protests

Caerphilly launched its review of people, streets, monuments and buildings in the wake of protests directed against public commemorations of those accused of historic crimes.

Welsh Conservative Member of Senedd Natasha Asghar branded the council’s dossier “absolutely absurd”.

She said: “The village was named after its pub The Nelson, and not because of potential links to Lord Nelson. To slander an entire village in this way is outrageous.

“Sadly, this is just another example of political correctness going too far, and it is high time we stop pandering to the woke left.

“I hope it has dawned on officers at Caerphilly Council just how ridiculous this really is, and that the village of Nelson should remain Nelson.”

Numerous streets named for Nelson have also been highlighted in the council’s review.

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