St George - Lord's Roundabout, St John's Wood, London, UK
N 51° 31.808 W 000° 10.073
30U E 696437 N 5712582
Quick Description: This life-sized statue of St George on horseback, slaying the dragon, is on top of the war memorial in the centre of the Lord's Roundabout opposite St John's Wood church.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/31/2012 4:34:51 AM
Waymark Code: WMF03E
The statue shows St George, mounted on his horse, slaying
the dragon. St George is wearing a suit of armour and is carrying a spear in his
right hand. The point of the spear has been thrust down the dragon's throat. The
horse is rearing up on its hind legs as if escaping from the dragon.
The statue is on top of a Portland stone war memorial with
the plinth and statue coming together in 1936. The statue dates from about
The Catholic On-Line website (visit link)
tells us about St George:
"Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a
dragon to rescue a beautiful lady. The dragon stands for wickedness. The lady
stands for God's holy truth. St. George was a brave martyr who was victorious
over the devil.
He was a soldier in the army of the Roman Emperor
Diocletian, and he was one of the Emperor's favorite soldiers. Now Diocletian
was a pagan and a bitter enemy to the Christians. He put to death every
Christian he could find. George was a brave Christian, a real soldier of Christ.
Without fear, he went to the Emperor and sternly scolded him for being so cruel.
Then he gave up his position in the Roman army. For this he was tortured in many
terrible ways and finally beheaded.
So boldly daring and so cheerful was St. George in
declaring his Faith and in dying for it that Christians felt courage when they
heard about it. Many songs and poems were written about this martyr. Soldiers,
especially, have always been devoted to him.
We all have some 'dragon' we have to conquer. It might
be pride, or anger, or laziness, or greediness, or something else. Let us make
sure we fight against these "dragons", with God's help. Then we can call
ourselves real soldiers of Christ."