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American Tour of London
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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

1st May 2001 The first police use of kettling in London for the May Day Protests (at Oxford Circus).

1st May 1992 The last Arsenal game with standing on the North Bank, also David Rocastle's last game for Arsenal, in a 5-1 win over Southampton.go to related location

1st May 1979 Prince Charles opens the Jubilee line and takes the first journey.

1st May 1851 The Great Exhibition opens in the astonishing Crystal Palace.

1st May 1777 RB Sheridans School for Scandal, premieres in London

Charles I Unburied



Charles I Unburied

This is the statue of Charles I that pre-dates Trafalgar Square.

Location: Trafalgar Square, Westminster

Description: This statue of Charles I by Hubert La Sueur is the earliest equestrian statue in London. But the 1633 bronze has an even quirkier claim to fame.

During the Civil War the Roundheads sold it to a brazier, John Rivet, so he could break it up for scrap. He didn't, he hid or buried it in his garden in Holborn instead, and then set about selling souvenirs cast from the statue.

When the monarchy was restored he made himself a further few bob by producing the undamaged monument to the late king and sold it back to His Majesty Charles II's Government to be re-erected here in 1678.

Both the original sword and it's replacement have both been stolen from the statue over the years and not been seen since.


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Charles I Unburied

This is the statue of Charles I that pre-dates Trafalgar Square.


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