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Charles II statue - Soho Square Charles II statue - Soho Square

Statue: Charles II statue - Soho Square

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Charles II
By Caius Gabriel Cibber (1681)
Restored to the Square
Lady Gilbert in 1938

Erected in the King's lifetime - see Fenner Brockway for our list of other such statues.

The statue once belonged to W. S. Gilbert and was at his home, Grim's Dyke in Harrow Weald. It was still there in 1915 after his death, but his widow arranged for it to be restored to Soho Square on her death. Caroline's Miscellany explains how Gilbert acquired the statue: The gardens were redesigned in 1875 and the statue was bought by Thomas Blackwell who had the Crosse & Blackwell HQ in Soho Square.  Blackwell gave it to the artist Frederick Goodall who lived at Grim's Dyke and in 1890 it was sold with the house to Gilbert.

Site: Charles II statue - Soho Square (1 memorial)

W1, Soho Square

English Buildings tell us that the charming hut was built in 1925 to "disguise the entrance of an underground electricity substation, built for the Charing Cross Electricity Company. The substation is no longer active and the subterranean space was used as an air-raid shelter during World War II. Now the building is a gardeners’ hut, full of spades and the like."

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Charles II statue - Soho Square

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King Charles II

Reigned: 1660 - 1685. Born at St James's Palace. The son of the beheaded Char...

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Charles II statue - Soho Square

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Caius Gabriel Cibber

Sculptor. Born Denmark.  Came to England in about 1655 and arrived in London ...

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Lady Lucy Gilbert

Married WS Gilbert 6th of August, 1867. Widowed in 1911.

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