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Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Angel of Peace Descending




This is the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, and depicts the Angel of Peace descending on the chariot of war. I know this from the Wikipedia Entry which includes the fascinating snippet: One half of the arch functions as a ventilation shaft for the London Underground network. This causes on average three emergency calls each year to the London Fire Brigade from people believing there to be smoke coming from the arch when in fact it is warm air and dust from the underground network. So now you know.

posted by Ham at 00:02 -- Comments here: 2

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Anonymous IanVisits said ... (07:40) : 

Although the comment in Wikipedia is wrong, and I am working intermittently on a blog post to provide the history of the shaft so I edit the Wiki entry and have corroborating evidence.

It's actually a ventilation shaft for the road underpass, not the tube line.

 

Blogger Helen said ... (11:19) : 

I went up to the top once. The view is spectacular though looking up at the horses' hooves is disconcerting.

 

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