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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
14th August 1948 14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain
14th August 1948 The first Summer Olympics to be held since 1936, were closed in London.
14th August 1941 Josef Jakobs, German spy, executed in Tower of London
14th August 1903 Born today: Ronald Stewart, CEO (London Brick Co)
London's very own Stone Henge in an East End riverside walk.
Location: Off Lea Valley Road, Clapton
Description: 'Nature's Throne' is a circle of huge granite blocks reminiscent of Stone Henge. They were retrieved from the foundations of the old Victoria Engine House near the Middlesex Filter Beds.
It's the work of local artist and sculpture Paula Haughney and dates from 1990. She formed a gigantic seat, carved with waves, fishes and local flora and fauna. Surrounding the seat is a giant circle using other foundation stones from the site.
It sits in a wetland surrounded by industry and the changing fortunes of the East End making a lovely place for contemplation in a busy city.