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Old Westminster Library - head 4 - Dryden

Site: Old Westminster Library - 6 heads (7 memorials)

SW1, Great Smith Street

The foundation stone is immediately to the right of the central entrance.

Above the entrance: "Westminster Public Library, The united parishes of St Margaret and St John the Evangelist, AD 1893". In 1985 this building was threatened with demolition and was only saved by a campaign which brought about the Thorney Island Society.

The Listing identifies the heads for us, and we've numbered them left to right.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Old Westminster Library - head 4 - Dryden

Subjects commemorated i

John Dryden

Poet and playwright. Born in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire. The first Poet Laur...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Old Westminster Library - head 4 - Dryden

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Old Westminster Library - foundation stone

Old Westminster Library - foundation stone

Westminster Public Library The united parishes of St Margaret and St John the...

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Old Westminster Library - head 1 - Spenser

Old Westminster Library - head 1 - Spenser

We first thought Francis Bacon but he normally has more hair, and, so far, al...

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Old Westminster Library - head 5 - Milton

Old Westminster Library - head 5 - Milton

The hair seems a bit too curly but the sad eyes are right.

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Nearby Memorials

John Donne bust

John Donne bust

EC4, St Paul's Churchyard

The poetry on the base of the statue is from Donne’s 1613 poem ‘Good Friday—Riding Westward’. That on the shoulder is from 'A Letter to ...

1 subject commemorated, 4 creators
Wall of the Ancestors - middling

Wall of the Ancestors - middling

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According to the plaque these are, clockwise from top left: Dave O'Hara, Tommy Martin, Sir Francis Drake, Metrina. Wall of the Ancestors...

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Hogarth - Harrow on the Hill

Hogarth - Harrow on the Hill

HA1, Grove Hill, Art School

Looking to connect Hogarth with Harrow we found: c.1800 Crown Street in Harrow was named Hogarth Lane; and Hogarth painted the Graham Chi...

1 subject commemorated
Keib Thomas bust

Keib Thomas bust

SE5, Burgess Park, Chumleigh World Garden

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1 subject commemorated, 1 creator
Bermondsey Library - 4 - Milton

Bermondsey Library - 4 - Milton

SE16, Spa Road, Old Bermondsey Library / Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist centre

The busts are on the keystones of the library first floor window arches, numbered left to right.  Ornamental Passions has posted about th...

1 subject commemorated