Hidden London: New Statues
New statues and memorials appear in London more frequently than you think (not all of them good, as we’ve seen here). A memorial to the Bali bombing was unveiled in 2002, and four years before that, Westminster Abbey gained ten discreet new statues.
These have been placed in empty alcoves in the same design as others, so they barely notice. They are martyrs chosen by the Abbey represent religious persecution and oppression in each continents. Among them are victims of the nazism, communism and religious prejudice in Africa.
You can find them above the west gate, on plinths which have been empty since the Middle Ages.
They made me wonder about empty plinths. What happened to the statues that surrounded they Unilever building on the North side of Blackfriars Bridge? After they cleaned the building a few years back, I noticed that they had disappeared. Did they get flogged off, or go to museums?