The George Washington memorial statue in London is built on American soil, as Washington once said that he would “never stand on English soil ever again”.

Statue: George Washington


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George Washington

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Presented to the people of Great Britain and Ireland by the Commonwealth of Virginia, 1921.

The marble original is in Richmond, Virginia, USA. This bronze copy was presented by the Commonwealth of Virginia. There is a story that, since Washington once said he would never stand on English ground, this statue was supplied with some good ol’ American soil on which to stand.

Our colleague, Jamie Davis, has found a brief British Pathe item that shows “Washington Statue. Gift of State of Virginia – received on behalf of Nation by Lord Curzon. Trafalgar Square, London.” None of the dignitaries on the film look to us like Curzon.

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