The Mystery Of The Locks
For the first time in 15 years, St Paul’s Cathedral was freed from its scaffolding this week. The Â£40m cleaning project coincides with the 300th anniversary of St Paul’s being declared complete by Parliament in 1711. The smoke and dirt of three centuries of pollution had left the building blackened and damaged, but this has now been completely cleaned.
Last night I was at a party thrown by my friend Polly right opposite the cathedral, in the Globe Theatre’s beautiful Swan restaurant. For the perfect Midsummer’s night there were, of course, faeries in rather fetching wings serving drinks, and as we were looking down at the Millennium Bridge it seemed foolish not to walk across it at midnight.
Then I noticed these, attached to the bridge cables – dozens of padlocks going all the way across the bridge. What are they for? The only thing I could think of is that people leave them there as talismen, to mark where they’ve been, but perhaps they serve a more prosaic purpose?
Anyone got any ideas?