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Statue: Duke of York's column

Erection date: 1833


{On a plaque at eye level:}
Frederick Duke of York, 1763 - 1827, second son of George III, Commander-in-Chief of the British Army, 1795 - 1809 and 1811 - 1827.

Bronze statue by Westmacott of "The Grand Old Duke of York" of nursery rhyme fame. Funds for the statue were raised by stopping one day's pay from every soldier in the late Duke's army.

Aberdeen granite column designed by Benjamin Wyatt is 123 feet high, with an interior stairway leading to the viewing platform which we believe is never open. 154 steps used to lead to a viewing platform which was closed after a rash of suicides in the 19th century. In Anthony Trollope's 1878 'Ayala's Angel' on page 307 one of Ayala's suitors declare "What I should like best would be to get Ayala on one side and Stubbs {another suitor} on the other, and then all three to go off the Duke of York's Column together."

Site: Duke of York's column (1 memorial)

SW1, Carlton House Terrace

Ian Visits has produced a splendid post on this one-time public observatory. Londonist reveals that this was the site of an early, 1848, lighting experiment.

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Information Subjects commemorated

King George III

Born in St James's Square (not the public garden, one of the houses, obviousl...

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Frederick, Duke of York

Born St James's Palace, the second and favourite son of George III. Card gamb...

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Sir Richard Westmacott

Sculptor. Born Grosvenor Square. One of the Commissioners for the Great Exhib...

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Benjamin Wyatt

Baptized at St Marylebone. Designed the Drury Lane Theatre. Died, unmarried...

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