Esoteric London

No. 593: Old Brompton Road, SW5

Posted in Architectural, Funereal, Monumental by esotericlondon on June 6, 2012

Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, London, SW5. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Moral Essays – Alexander Pope, 1733-34:

Where London’s column pointing to the skies,
Like a tall bully lifts its head and lies.

[ The column in the photograph above is in Brompton Cemetery and is not the one to which Pope alludes. He was commenting on The Monument erected in Fish Street Hill to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666. Although construction was finished in 1677 in 1681 an extra message was chiselled on to the base which read ‘but Popish frenzy, which wrought such horrors, is not yet quenched’. This was an attempt to blame Catholics in some way for the fire, and is an indication of the extent of the anti-Catholic feeling at the time. It was these extra words that prompted Pope to write the lines above but it was to take until 1831 for the offending sentence to be removed. R.D.]

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