Westminster Scholars War Memorial: St. George and the Dragon

Meanwhile, back in London…

column-at-westminster-abbey

The column memorial in front of Westminster Abbey commemorates Lord Raglan, Fitzroy James Henry Someset along with other former pupils from the Westminster School who died in the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny–known as the War of Independence 1857 from the standpoint of the Indian people who were “colonized” by the British. Lord Raglan was the commander of the British troops during the Crimean War. He was wounded at Waterloo in 1815 and his right arm amputated. Following the assault on Sebastopol in 1855, he died from dysentery–a fate shared by General Havelock following the Indian campaign to put down the revolt and regain British control of the country.

The sculptures represent Saint George slaying the dragon at the top of the column, by John Richard Clayton. Other sculptures are by John Birnie Philip and George Gilbert Scott was the architect. The other sculptures:

  • Edward the Confessor, king from 1042-1272, and who founded the monastery known at Westminster Abbey and is enshrined there.
  • Henry III, became king at age 9 in 1216, although regents ruled temporarily until 1227 when he became of age. Henry was also one of the builders of the Abbey.
  • Elizabeth I, queen 1558-1603, and the daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII; she was known as the Virgin Queen and Good Queen Bess and was the second founder of the Westminster School.  I will write more about Elizabeth I in a separate post as I was fascinated by her story.
  • Queen Victoria, who reigned 1837-1901.

The base of the statue is flanked by four lions.  Lions can mean different things in different contexts, but typically represent guarding of something precious.

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9 Responses to Westminster Scholars War Memorial: St. George and the Dragon

  1. peggyjoan42 says:

    They have some of the most beautiful buildings in England and their history goes back for centuries. Thanks for the history lesson and the great photos.

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  2. Betty says:

    I am looking forward to reading the post about Elizabeth I. A good story is an enjoyable way to learn history. When I see your posts with all these European pictures, I think of my slides and wonder if I captured the same images. Too busy running from hurricanes now though; I hope it to be a project this winter. Thanks for the history lesson, and enjoy your day!

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    • Suzassippi says:

      Thank you, Betty. When I saw Anne’s photos of Westminster Abbey today, I loved seeing a different view that I had not seen before! My cuz in New Orleans says the hurricane seems to be moving east, so good that you moved north and west. 🙂

      It is always so sweet that you end with “enjoy your day” no matter who you are responding to, and I thank you for that and appreciate it. Hope you enjoy your morning tomorrow!

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  3. That is so impressive. This makes me wonder, why do we not erect as much statues today?

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  4. Beth says:

    I would love to see this up close! The British know how to do architecture and art the right way!

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