Esoteric London

No. 121: Carlton House Terrace, SW1

Posted in Funereal, Wartime London, Wildlife by esotericlondon on August 16, 2010

Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

The translation of the epitaph on this small grave stone reads ” Giro, a faithful companion, London February 1934, Hoesch.” Leopold von Hoesch was the German ambassador to the Court of St James’s between 1932 and his untimely death in 1936; Giro was his dog – a terrier, not a German Shepherd as is often said – that died in an unfortunate electrocution incident in the grounds of the German embassy. He was subsequently buried in the embassy’s garden, which was in Carlton House Terrace until the outbreak of WW2, at the base of a tree he presumably often visited. (It is worth noting that Hoesch was a career diplomat who viewed the Nazis with disdain, in sharp contrast to his successor, the Hitler enthusiast Joachim von Ribbentrop. Nevertheless, Hoesch’s own funeral procession was the pretext for a grand Nazi ceremonial, archive footage of which provides an unnerving glimpse of London as it might have been if the outcome of WW2 been different.)  R.D.

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