Henry Bartle Frere Statue

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Neighborhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
How to get there
  • Temple • 1 min walk
  • Embankment • 10 min walk
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
British Colonial Administrator
Oct 2021
This Stands in tribute to Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere, a British colonial administrator best known for his administration as Commissioner of Sindh, Governor of Bombay and High Commissioner for Southern Africa when the territories were part of the British Empire. The statue depicts Frere wearing the robes of a Knight Grand Commander of the Star of India.
Written October 29, 2021
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,974 contributions
Great statute but a great man?
Aug 2021 • Solo
My understanding of the history books that Frere had somewhat of a checkered record and failed at least as much as he progressed. Nice statute however !
Written August 26, 2021
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Colonial administrator with a very mixed record
Nov 2019 • Solo
Frere was a senior colonial administrator in Victorian times who did well in India and was Governor of Bombay. But his record in South Africa was very different. The disastrous defeat at Islandlwana and the loss of the First Boer War were attributed to his policies. The statue is one of several large monuments in the lovely Whitehall Gardens next to the Embankment.
Written November 13, 2019
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,414 contributions
One of Four
Aug 2019 • Solo
This is one of four great, magnificent statues in the beautiful and peaceful setting of Whitehall Gardens just off the Victoria Embankment and behind Whitehall Palace.

I noticed a person on here complained that the park is scummy because homeless people frequent it. To you I say this: homeless people are not scummy, they are people who are simply down on their luck and many have problems in their lives which you are glad not to have. Please think before you make nasty remarks and, as Thumper the Rabbit says: “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all”.

I really enjoyed Whitehall Gardens and enjoyed looking at the statues and the pretty flowers.
Written August 30, 2019
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VinNewcastle
Newcastle, Australia1,788 contributions
Nice, but dodgy spot
Jul 2019
Nice statue in a fairly scummy little park. Don’t come here alone at night, lots of homeless frequent it.
Written July 29, 2019
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,982 contributions
Deserving or not?
Jul 2019 • Couples
The statue of Henry Bartle Frere is in a really nice setting in Whitehall gardens. He did well in India and was Governor of Bombay. However he did not fair so well in South Africa where his policies may have been instrumental in causing the Zulu War.
So does he really deserve a statue?
Written July 22, 2019
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland15,974 contributions
Nice tribute
Jun 2019 • Friends
Decent statues in the Embankment gardens including Henry Bartle Frere. Nothing spectacular but the group look good.
Written June 1, 2019
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
Isandlwana
Mar 2019 • Solo
This statues stands in tribute to Sir Henry Bartle Edward Frere, 1st Baronet, a British colonial administrator who attained high office in both India and South Africa. While an able administrator, it was under his leadership that Britain suffered defeat at the disaster of Isandlwana and humiliating defeat of the First Boer War.

The statue depicts Frere in portrait pose while wearing the robes privy counsellor. The statue stands in Whitehall Gardens amongst statues of soldiers and administrators of the British Empire especially during the British India period.
Written March 9, 2019
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Andrew
St. Albans, UK6,222 contributions
Elegant Statue in an elegant setting
Jul 2018 • Solo
The statue of Sir Henry Bartle Frere is of someone I had not heard of before. It is a lovely statue / memorial in the delightful setting of Whitehall Gardens. The status shows Sir Henry in the uniform of a Privy Counsellor with the robe and collar of a Knight Grand Commander of the Star of India and the Insignia of the Order of the Bath.

I have since found out that Sir Henry Bartle Frere was a colonial administrator in India and rose to become the Governor of Bombay. However he is also remembered as the man who started the Zulu War. He was recalled to England to face charges of misconduct and was officially censured for acting recklessly. Before he could be vindicated, he died in May 1884 and was buried in St Paul’s Cathedral.
Written July 24, 2018
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
Bronze statue of Sir Henry Bartle Frere
Apr 2017 • Family
The bronze statue of Sir Henry Bartle Frere, 1st Baronet, stands at Victoria Embankment Gardens/Whitehall Garden. He was a British colonial administrator and was the Governor of India and High Commissioner for South Africa. The statue is in privy counsellor's uniform, with the robe and collar of a Grand Knight Commander of the Star of India and the insignia of the Order of the Bath.
Written May 29, 2017
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