Category Archives: London

Westminster Scholars War Memorial: St. George and the Dragon

Meanwhile, back in London… 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 … Continue reading

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General Sir Henry Havelock

General Sir Henry Havelock occupies a spot in Trafalgar Square, just in front of King George IV–earlier profiled.  The Reverend W. Owen in 1858 published an account titled The Good Soldier: A Memoir of Major-General Sir Henry Havelock, of Lucknow, … Continue reading

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William and Mary

The statue of King William III is located at the south gate of Kensington Palace.  It was designed by Heinrich Bauke in 1907.  William of Orange led the invasion of England during the Glorious Revolution that saw the overthrow of … Continue reading

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King James II, and why London stopped feeding pigeons

The statue of James II stands in front of the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.  He is depicted as a Roman emperor, wearing armour and with a laurel wreath crown–under the pigeon perched on his head.  James II was originally … Continue reading

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The tale of a naked man on a horse in front of a coffee shop

When we drove past this corner, I asked myself why people might want to eat next to a statue of a naked man on a horse…and then promptly forgot about it.  Over the years as I had occasion to look … Continue reading

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Dr. Edward Jenner in Hyde Park

In this lovely Hyde Park Italian Gardens setting, one can almost overlook the statue of Dr. Edward Jenner.  Jenner is the tiny little statue you see in the approximate center of the photograph, beyond the pool of the fountains.  The … Continue reading

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Mercantile Marine First World War Memorial, Tower Hill

During World War I, the Merchant Navy supplied the Royal Navy, including troop transportation, supply delivery, and shipping to and from factories.  They also had to continue their standard mission of supplying food and goods to the country, conduct routine … Continue reading

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About those statues…

I know we have all read and heard a lot of things of late regarding historical statues, and “erasing” history.  I am not advocating erasing history, nor am I advocating glorifying people and causes that should not be glorified.  It … Continue reading

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Clock Redux: Time Passes

It has been interesting to learn so much of the history of some of the places we saw in September 2006–our first, and thus far only trip to London not counting the two times we changed planes on the way … Continue reading

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The Great Clock at St. Paul’s Cathedral

This is not the Great Clock–Langley Bradley’s “celebrated piece of mechanism…in the year 1708, in accordance with the instructions given by the great architect of the structure, Sir Christopher Wren” (The Nottinghamshire Guardian, Apr 2, 1869, p. 10).  Wren’s plans for … Continue reading

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