"grunting, encouraging each other, afraid of the dark, panting, one asking the other have you the brawn, praising God and the Blessed Virgin, threatening to come down, peeping at the airslits. Glory be to God. They had no idea it was that high." (U7.944)

Nelson's pillar rose 121 ft (36.8 m) from the ground and was topped by a 13 ft (3.9 m) tall statue, giving it a total height of 134 ft (40.8 m). In 1900, it was the 4th highest monument in the world. Nelson's statue was the work of Irish sculptor Thomas Kirk, R.H.A.