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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

27th April 2004 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin) officially opened.go to related location

27th April 1962 Arnold Wesker's Chips with Everything, premieres in London

27th April 1959 Born today: Marco Pirroni, London, rock guitarist (Adam and The Ants)

27th April 1943 Soviet Union breaks contact with Polish government exiled in London

27th April 1922 Born today: Daphne Anderson, London, actress (Beggar's Opera, Hobson's Choice)

27th April 1908 4th modern Olympic games opens in London

27th April 1828 Zoological Gardens at Regent's Park London, opens

Zimbabwe House: Falling Penis



Zimbabwe House: Falling Penis

The site where a man was hit by a falling stone penis.

Location: Zimbabwe House, 429 Strand,

Description: Zimbabwe House at 429 Strand in central London is the Zimbabwean Embassy.

The building was built by architect Charles Holden in 1907-8 as the headquarters of the British Medical Association and featured a series of sculptures by Jacob Epstein representing the Ages of Man, his first major commission in London.

The nakedness of many of these male sculptures was initially shocking to Edwardian sensibilities and provoked considerable controversy at the time. Father Bernhard Vaughn, a member of the National Vigilance Society raged in the paper that:

As a Christian in a Christian City, I claim the right to say that I object most emphatically to such indecent statuary being thrust upon my view.


In the 1930's a gentleman pedestrian was struck on the head by a falling stone phallus from one of the statues, and the other statues were also rendered eunuch's to prevent similar mishaps.

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Zimbabwe House: Falling Penis

The site where a man was hit by a falling stone penis.


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