In 1928 it settled at its current site on Lime Street in a purpose-built structure designed by Sir Edwin Cooper. After an initial expansion across the road proved too small yet again, Lloyd’s decided to erect a new headquarters building and approached architect Richard Rogers, of Centre Pompidou fame.
Nonetheless, when Richard Rogers’s design was shown to the public in 1978 it caused quite a controversy as it contrasted sharply with the centuries old buildings in the area and in particular the adjacent historic Leadenhall Market.
Instead, a new statue of the duke was commissioned in 1884 which was cast from cannons that had been captured from the French. When it was completed in 1888 the statue was not placed on the top of the arch, but on a pedestal. The equestrian statue shows the duke facing his former home, Apsley House. He is mounted on his favorite war horse, Copenhagen, which he rode for more than sixteen hours during the Battle of Waterloo. When the horse died in 1836 it was buried with military honors.
The statue, created by Joseph Boehm, rests on a granite pedestal. At the corners are four statues of soldiers that represent regiments that were led in battle by Wellington.
Inaugurated in 2003, the monument pays homage to the Australians who died in the two World Wars.
It consists of a curving wall inscribed with the names of hundreds of Australian towns and, in much larger letters, the names of the places where the soldiers fought. Water flows continually over the wall’s inscriptions.
On the other side of Hyde Park Corner are the sixteen bronze beams of the New Zealand War Memorial, which was dedicated in 2006. The memorial commemorates the bond between New Zealand and the United Kingdom in the two World Wars and honors the New Zealand soldiers who perished during the wars. The memorial was designed by John Hardwick-Smith and Paul Dibble. Inscribed on the beams are symbols that are representative of New Zealand culture.
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A £220m bid to expand London City Airport has been turned down by the mayor after more than 1,000 people objected to it.
Boris Johnson has instructed Newham Council to refuse the application on noise grounds.
The airport sought permission to create more parking spaces and build new taxiways for larger planes.
Planning permission was granted by the council in February but was subject to the mayor’s approval.
The council had said permission included conditions to help limit the noise disturbance, such as imposing flight restrictions, erecting a noise barrier and funding soundproofing packages for residents.
However a spokesman for the mayor said he believed the scheme would have lead to an “unacceptable increase in noise for East Londoners” without benefitting the city.
He said the mayor was also unwilling to expose East London to an increase in noise on the basis that he had already argued it would be unacceptable for West London if Heathrow Airport were expanded.
The mayor believed the “only long-term option” to balance the airport capacity issue with residents’ quality of life, was to build a new hub to the east of of the city, he added.
London City Airport said it was “perplexed and disappointed” by the mayor’s decision.
It said expansion would have increased London’s airport capacity, created up to 1,500 jobs, and attracted a further £750m for the UK economy.
John Stewart, chairman of HACAN East that campaigned against the expansion plans, said the group “salutes” the mayor’s decision.
“The airport is paying the price for being so cavalier about noise,” he said.
The Queen has unveiled statues of herself and the Duke of Edinburgh at Canterbury Cathedral to mark her Diamond Jubilee.
The statues, by sculptor Nina Bilbey, are the first to be installed there during the Queen’s reign.
They complement existing statues by the cathedral’s West Door of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria – the only other monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.
The Dean of Canterbury Cathedral said they were “a splendid addition”.
The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis added: “They will be a sign of the high respect and affection that everyone at Canterbury has for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.”
The sculptures by Ms Bilbey, 47, from Wells-next-the-Sea, in Norfolk, were commissioned by the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral.
She did not have any formal sittings with the royal couple but instead based her work on formal portraits and “lots of pictures”.
She said the statues took six months to carve.
The Queen was accompanied on her visit to Kent by the Duke.
Earlier, they met some of the last surviving Battle of Britain pilots from World War Two during a visit to the National Memorial to the Few in Capel-le-Ferne, near Folkestone.
However, a flypast of a Hurricane, Spitfire and Typhoon which was due to take place over the English Channel had to be cancelled due to thick fog.
The Queen opened a new £3.5m visitor centre built in the shape of a Spitfire wing.
The National Memorial was unveiled by the Queen Mother in July 1993.
The statue shows a seated pilot looking out over the English Channel at the centre of a white propeller.
The designer of the building was probably master mason John Croxton, who was also responsible for theGuildhall.
After the Great Fire of 1666 destroyed the structure it was rebuilt, this time as a covered market.
Even though this was originally a food market, all sorts of shops can be found here today as well as bars and restaurants.