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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

11th December 1974 TV Presenter Ben Shephard was born in London.

11th December 1941 Dutch government in London declares war on Italy

11th December 1936 King Edward VIII abdicated from the British throne to marry Wallis Simpson.go to related location

11th December 1930 Eccentric violinist Leonard Friedman was born in London.

Joseph-Rene Bellot's Obelisk



Joseph-Rene Bellot's Obelisk

This is the obelisk to the French Arctic Explorer.

Location: Riverside Walk, Greenwich, London

Description: This obelisk designed by Phillip Hardwick was erected in 1855 in memorial to the French Arctic Explorer and Lieutenant of the French Navy, Bellot who perished under the ice. It happened in the Wellington Channel in August 1853 while carrying despatches from Beechey Island to Sir Edward Belcher's squadron, then searching for the lost 1845 Arctic expedition of Sir John Franklin.


The intrepid explorer has a street named after him nearby, and his expeditions brought him much recognition that 2000 was raised after his death (500 for this obelisk, and 1500 for his sisters).

There is even a crater on the moon named after him.


The Obelisk is pictured beautifully in the picture by George Chambers, note that one of the ships flies the French flag, which is undoubtedly a reference to Bellot.

Tagged in this Tour: Great London Explorers Tour

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Joseph-Rene Bellot's Obelisk

This is the obelisk to the French Arctic Explorer.


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Joseph-Rene Bellot's Obelisk

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