Happy New Year, y’all. With coming back to work, I thought I’d ease myself into it with a little stroll. And having no particular place to go, P and I found ourselves in Salisbury Square, near Fleet Street. We were drawn by the incredible Premier Inn building work and the statue above. I can’t seem to find anything out about it but it looks pretty impressive. But more was to come with this obelisk opposite.
The thing you find with obelisks is that their raison d’etre is fairly obscure. On the black plaque that sits at the top, it reads “The friend of Liberty in Evil Times” and has no explanation as to what this would mean. From the fairly comprehensive notes on the London Details website, it would seem to refer to the wars with France, which Waithman steadfastly opposed. What fascinates me is that there are loads more of these stone trinkets dotted about the capital and I seem to pass plenty without really knowing why they’re there. But no more, I say! So here’s to finding out more about London stuff in 2014. W