Esoteric London

No. 313: Victoria Embankment, WC2

Posted in Monumental by esotericlondon on May 11, 2011

Cleopatra’s Needle, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

From the Wikipedia entry ‘Cleopatra’s Needle’:

On erection of the obelisk in 1878 a time capsule was concealed in the front part of the pedestal, it contained : A set of 12 photographs of the best looking English women of the day, a box of hairpins, a box of cigars, several tobacco pipes, a set of imperial weights, a baby’s bottle, some children’s toys, a shilling razor, a hydraulic jack and some samples of the cable used in erection, a 3′ bronze model of the monument, a complete set of British coins, a rupee, a portrait of Queen Victoria, a written history of the strange tale of the transport of the monument, plans on vellum, a translation of the inscriptions, copies of the bible in several languages, a copy of Whitaker’s Almanack, a Bradshaw Railway Guide, a map of London and copies of 10 daily newspapers.

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  1. Jo Hall said, on May 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Apparently there was a similar cache in the Coade Stone lion on the opposite side of the river, on Westminster Bridge. There was a space built into the lion, which contained a catalogue for Eleanor Code’s famous factory – a sort of Kinder Egg type of treat!

  2. esotericlondon said, on May 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Jo, I am doing a post in the near future on that exact same lion so will look in to the Kinder surprise!

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