London, Part Nine: Addenda
As the world slowly starts to learn to live with the Covid 19 virus, the UK is opening up again. The #ECWtravelogue visited the 'smoke' to tick off a few things that had been overlooked, or weren't on view when original entries were written. Actually, quite a few of the places to visit in this addenda, aren't actually there anymore. Sites are recorded with a plaque.
The National Gallery has already graced these pages, so why does it feature again?
Van Dyck's stunning equestrian portrait of Charles I has undergone a lengthy restoration and is now on display in room 21.
The Soanes Museum is one of London's 'off-the-beaten-track' museums. They have in their collection the Naseby jewel, which is believed to have belonged to Charles I, who lost the jewel as he was spirited away to safety from the battlefield.
Rarely on display sadly, more details and picture here. Whilst waiting for the museum to open, take a stroll down the path that runs through Lincoln's Inn Fields park adjacent to the road in front of the museum: can you find an amusing park bench dedication/memorial plaque? And before you start wondering if I have given away the secret location of the bench dedicated to someone who hated the park, that's further north, and west a bit.
Just around the corner from The Soanes is Chancery Lane, where John Thurloe lived at 24 Old Buildings, the back of which backs onto Chancery Lane (opposite Cursitor Street).
Thurloe is buried in the crypt of Lincoln's Inn Chapel.
The Savoy is hardly where you'd expect a memorial to Oliver Cromwell (and Charles II). This was the site of the Savoy Palace. Located on Savoy Court are a number of plaques, the plaque closest to the entrance of the hotel is where the Westminster Confession of Faith was modified by the Savoy Declaration. In case you are wondering what all that means - Parliament effectively drew up a list of acceptable religious texts and practices (earlier versions facilitated the Scots Solemn League and Covenant army to side with Parliament, later versions led them change allegiance).
|Picture from bcw-project.org|
Located at the pedestrian entrance to Hampton Court is a plaque on the site of the Toy Inn. Reputedly built for 'Oliver Cromwell's Troops' and where Pope wrote the Rape of The Lock.
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