I arrive at Bank Station, named after it’s close proximity to the Bank of England. A statue of a man on a horse towers above me.

22 Bishopsgate now towers above it.

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This man is the Duke of Wellington, the statue erected for his input in helping to start the rebuild of London Bridge back in the day.

Below is another memorial I found on my walk. This one seemed like it was telling a story so I had to do a little research…

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I found this sculpture outside of Liverpool Street Station. It’s a memorial for 10,000 orphaned Jewish children that escaped persecution in Nazi Germany, arriving at this station between 1938-39. Again, the site is surrounded by tall, glass towers that are a world away from the surrounding architecture of the day. A world away from where the kids called home. The only remaining buildings are the ones that contributed to history the most and were given a lifeline, allowing us to share the same roof as the evacuees of the 1930’s.

But every generation has a story to tell, and the lockdown is one of ours, shared by every generation alive today. Not that it can be compared to the events I mentioned earlier, but certainly unique. Tragic, too. But what more can we do but simply experience it and ride this wave as best we can? Not much.

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But every ‘closed’ sign is a photo opportunity, every long wait in a supermarket is a story we will share when this is itself a part of history. Some of these signs turning me away have never looked more inviting.

 


 

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak I am somewhat limited as to what I can do in London, but I aim to post as much as I can during this time. I promise to have some great posts coming your way once this is all over as I continue to explore London.

Stay home, stay safe and happy blogging!

Sam


 

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19 thoughts

    1. And these are just the ones I found Pat! I have a funny feeling there are so many more to discover in the surrounding streets.

  1. I love statues a lot because they usually symbolize a noble cause, an achievement, a virtue, or a historic event. And I really love the statues in your photos! I should like to see them up-close someday.

    1. Obinna! I hope you are well. And nicely put, they really do and I think this is why I like looking up the statues online after finding them. I know there is an interesting story to be told πŸ™‚

      Thanks for commenting!

    1. It is the perfect time to do a little exploring (being sensible and respecting the lockdown of course) with the streets so empty. The crowds don’t block the views!

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