Esoteric London

No. 749: The Mall, SW1

Posted in Public Art, Royal London, Sport by esotericlondon on January 10, 2013

The Mall, London, SW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Routledge’s Popular Guide to London and it’s Suburbs – [c.1874]:

Alexandra Palace and Park, Muswell Hill, Hornsey. A magnificent building overlooking charming scenery. The grounds devoted to various fetes, archery meetings, reviews and races, which are held in a fine racecourse with an excellent stand from which to witness the sport.

[The photograph above is a detail of one of the two sculpture panels by Paul Day that flank the statue of the ‘Queen Mum’ on The Mall. The complete panel shows her in three activities, meeting war veterans, at her home in Caithness, Scotland and enjoying one of her favourite past times, a day at the races.

Although the race course at Ally Pally has long since gone it’s ‘ghost’ can still be seen in the flat area that lies at the foot of the escarpment. What a lovely setting for a race course it must have been. R.D.]

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