Lady Hamilton was here
Walking down Station Road past Neston Cricket Club (1895) you come to this mixed row of cottages, which date from Georgian and early Victorian times.
Emma, Lady Hamilton, then known as Mrs Emma Hart, is reputed to have stayed at No 16 Station Road (Dover Cottage) for 6 weeks in 1784, while she sought a cure for a skin complaint.
Amy Lyon was born at Ness in 1765, the daughter of the blacksmith at the then Ness colliery; her father died when she was only a few months old and was brought up by her grandmother in Hawarden. In her early teens she went to London to rejoin her mother. There she mixed in high society and was sent to Italy to act as hostess to the widowed British Ambassador to the royal court of Naples, Sir William Hamilton. She later married him in London in 1791.
Whilst in Naples she met Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson and in due course became his mistress. Following Nelson’s death at Trafalgar in 1805, however, she soon found herself in straitened circumstances; shunned by the nation, she died in poverty in Calais in 1815.