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Trafalgar Square

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Trafalgar Square

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Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square has been one of London’s great gathering places since it was laid out in the 1830s. Despite the formal grandeur of the National Gallery’s facade, the magnificence of Admiralty Arch and the imposing embassies which hedge it in, Trafalgar Square is the people’s place, chosen instinctively for public displays, rallies and celebrations. Even before the north side was pedestrianised in 2003, the Square was colonised by people looking for a quick rest amongst the hustle and bustle, climbing on Landseer’s lions at the base of Nelson’s Column, feeding the pigeons, occasionally jumping in the fountains and generally making themselves at home. One of the most intriguing aspects of the Square is the fourth plinth, which has stood empty since 1841. Various uses have been suggested over the years but currently it plays host to a changing collection of controversial works by contemporary artists. Trafalgar Square is truly the heart of London – the statue of Charles I on the south side stands in the position of the original Charing Cross, and is the point from which all distances to London are measured.

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Your comments

Relatives coming to England always had to go to a service at St Martin in the Fields in Trafalgar Square and then go and feed the pigeons. You hadn't been to London if you hadn't done that!.

Sam Walker - Director Black Cultural Archives Museum

I don't see Trafalgar Square as an icon of Englishness. The space was built to glorify the British nation and empire, and the monarchy and aristocracy that headed it. It continues to be an essentially British , or even international space. Except on occasions of national celebration one is far more likely to meet a foreigner in Trafalgar Square than an English person.
Geoff Levett

Where does the water come from my Sister-in-Law says from a under ground source derived from Swtzerland, can you clear up this argument please?
barry baldock

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My nomination is the garden shed.