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Statue: Byron statue

Erection date: 24/5/1880


{On the front of the plinth:}

{Inscribed on the right base of the statue:}
R. C. Belt, Sc. London 1880

Byron is shown with his beloved Newfoundland dog, Boatswain, who had died of rabies at Newstead Abbey on 18 November 1808, and for whom Byron wrote an epitaph.

The mottled pink and white marble plinth was given by the Greek Government and installed in 1882.

Site: Byron statue (1 memorial)

W1, Park Lane

This statue was moved to this location when East Carriage Drive became the north-bound part of the horrible motorway that is Park Lane (the 1958 Hansard report is interesting). It includes the phrase "...the central reservation between the Park Lane carriageways will naturally remain open for the recreation of the public...". Sadly this is no longer the case. The tunnel that used to allow access to this statue is closed and it was only on our second visit that we summoned the courage to cross the road to take our photos.

Bob Speel covered this statue in some detail as his statue of the month in April 2012. Other information came from Waymarking.

2019: Roads have an odd post about how the spoil from the huge car park that was built under Hyde Park in 1964-5 (at the same time that Park Lane was widened) was used to construct the M4.

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Lord Byron

Born Holles Street, baptised at St Marylebone church in the same year. Spent ...

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Richard Claude Belt

Sculptor. Born Westminster. At Mapping Sculpture we learnt that Belt was twic...

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