A little curiosity is mounted on the outside wall of St Margaret’s Church next to Westminster Abbey in the form of a lead bust of King Charles I.
It sits there above a since blocked off doorway staring at his nemesis across the road, the Houses of Parliament, and specifically, their statue of Oliver Cromwell.
There’s only one problem with the story of his averted glance. Cromwell’s statue was erected in 1899 to a design by Sir William Thornycroft who was keen on Cromwell and unlikely to approve of a design seen to be ashamed of his history.
So there you have a story to show people – point out the bust, then destroy the myth.
I am actually curious as to how the myth started as the two items are not that old which seems not long enough for a myth to have built up, especially when the facts are so readily available to anyone wanting to do a bit of research.
Location map and local interesting places
- 3] Jewel Tower
- 4] Churchill War Rooms
- 5] Banqueting House
- 6] Household Cavalry Museum
- 7] Florence Nightingale Museum
- 8] Mall Galleries
- 9] Guards Museum