Esoteric London

No. 1106: Angel Court, SW1

Posted in Architectural, Monumental, Public Art by esotericlondon on May 26, 2014

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Angel Court, London, SW1. Photo ©RogerDean 2014

Curiosities of London, Exhibiting The Most Rare And Remarkable objects Of Interest In The Metropolis; With Nearly Sixty Years’ Personal Recollections – John Timbs, 1867:

YORK COLUMN, Carlton-gardens, built 1830-33, in memory of the Duke of York (d. 1827), Commander-in-Chief of the army, and forty-six years a soldier; whose statue is placed on the summit. The building fund, about 25,000l., was raised by subscription, to which each individual of the service contributed one day’s pay. The Column (Tuscan), designed by B. Wyatt, is of fine Aberdeenshire granite, the lower pedestal grey, and the shaft of red Peterhead; the surface fine-axed, or not polished. The abacus of the capital is enclosed with iron railing, and in its centre is the pedestal for the statue. Within the pedestal and shaft is a spiral staircase of 168 steps, which, with the newel, or central pillar, and outer casing, are cut from the solid block. The masonry throughout, by Nowell, is remarkably good. The statue, of bronze, by Sir Richard Westmacott, R.A., represents the Duke in the robes of the Order of the Garter. The weight is 7 tons 800 lbs., or 16,480 lbs.; it was raised April 8, 1834, between the column and the scaffolding, seven hours labour, at a cost of 400l. The column may be ascended from 12 to 4, from May to Sept. 24, 6d. each person: the view from the gallery of the Surrey hills and western London is fine; the latter showed the magnificence of Regent-street, and the skill of the architect, Nash, in the junction of the lines by the Quadrant. On May 14, 1850, Henri Joseph Stephan, a French musician, committed suicide by throwing himself from the gallery, which has since been entirely enclosed with iron caging.

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