Temple Bar Memorial - London, UK
Posted by: Dirkjogt
N 51° 30.822 W 000° 06.690
30U E 700419 N 5710908
Quick Description: The statue of the Griffin at the beginning of Fleet Street, London, UK
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/10/2011 1:58:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMC049
A gryphon (Griffin) adorns the Temple Bar Memorial (1880) marking the beginning of Fleet Street, a continuation of the Strand, on the boundary of the City and Westminster. The memorial stands on the site of Temple Bar Gate, designed by Wren in 1680, on which decapitated heads were once displayed. The sovereign must request the Lord Mayor's permission at this place to enter the City.
The heraldic bronze griffin on the top (the city's unoffical emblem) is by Charles Birch, and the bronze free-standing statues of Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales, facing the road on each side, are by Sir Joseph Boehm.
Fleet Street is named after the Fleet River, one of the many rivers that now flow beneath London's streets to the Thames.
Running eastwards from the Strand towards Ludgate Hill and St Paul's, Fleet Street was once synonymous with Britain's national daily and Sunday newspapers.
Time Period: Ancient
Epic Type: Mythical
Exhibit Type: Figure, Statue, 3D Art
Approximate Date of Epic Period: Not listed
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