Gladstone Monument

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Neighborhood: Holborn
Inner London’s busiest streets crisscross quiet cobbled lanes for an effect that can be urbane or quaint – or an intriguing blend of both – depending on the particular corner you turn. Due to its especially convenient location, bustling Holborn hosts an excellent range of hotels, eateries, and shops to suit practically any taste or budget. With major attractions like the British Museum and Somerset House as well as popular areas such as Covent Garden and Soho all just a short walk away, Holborn is a smart base from which to explore London.
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  • Temple • 4 min walk
  • Holborn • 8 min walk
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK151,202 contributions
British Prime Minister
Oct 2021
This monumental memorial is to the memory of William Ewart Gladstone, who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for twelve years over four terms. The monument features a bronze sculpture of Gladstone surmounting a plinth, while with bronze sculptures of allegorical figures are grouped around the pedestal.
Written October 29, 2021
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
An impressive statue facing Australia House
Feb 2020 • Solo
This fine statue of the statesman and Liberal Prime Minister William Gladstone, erected in 1905, stands at the end of Aldwych, a short distance before the Strand in the City of Westminster changes to Fleet Street in the City of London.

Gladstone stand high on a plinth above four groups representing Brotherhood, Aspiration, Courage and Education. He is facing Australia House (interestingly there is a place named after him in Queensland), which itself is worth looking at for the statues on either side of the entrance of The Awakening of Australia and the Prosperity of Australia and for the bronze group on top of Phoebus driving the Horses of the Sun.

Behind him is Sir Christoper Wren's beautiful church of St Clement Danes, the London church of the RAF, with statues outside of Bomber Harris and Air Chief Marshall Lord Dowding.

A group of historic statues here that is worth exploring.
Written February 20, 2020
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Nicholas H
London, UK20,576 contributions
Towering figure in Victorian politics
Dec 2019 • Solo
The rivalry between Gladstone and his Tory opponent, Disraeli dominated British politics for decades. Gladstone was Prime Minister no less than four times from 1868 to 1894. This is an impressively large monument located on the forecourt of the iconic St Clement Danes church. The main statue is in bronze on a stone plinth, which is adorned on each corner by four other bronze statues of seated women, representing Brotherhood, Aspiration, Courage and Education.
Written December 23, 2019
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Steve T
Preston, UK19,926 contributions
Fitting Recognition
Sep 2019
This is a neat, well thought out and celebratory memorial for an important 19th century politician - I do like these pieces of history scattered about the place albeit sympathetically as with this one !
Written September 18, 2019
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,414 contributions
William Ewart Gladstone PC FRS FSS
Sep 2019
William Gladstone was a Liberal Politician and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for four terms between 1868 and 1894. He was also Chancellor of the Exchequor four times.

Perhaps the reason why I most wanted to see this statue was because I know of the long-standing and tense rivalry between himself and Benjamin Disraeli. Benjamin Disraeli is quoted in Hansard as saying of William Gladstone, "He's a sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity".

Great statue.
Written September 8, 2019
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Taxidevil
Glasgow, UK2,982 contributions
Venerated
Jul 2018 • Couples
This statue to William Gladstone stands next to At Clement's Dane church. Gladstone was a Liberal MP who also served as Prime Minister. It is a very large statue set on a high plinth surrounded by four large bronze statues and shows the high regard that was felt for Gladstone.
Nearby are smaller statues to Arthur "Bomber" Harris and Hugh Dowding
Written July 23, 2018
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places2seeplaces2go
England, UK4,555 contributions
Magnificent Statue
Feb 2018 • Couples
Have walked by this statue numerous times.
My most recent being in February of this year.
It certainly is a large & impressive statue of this 4 x British Prime Minister.
As another reviewer has already commented it does seem a strange location, I would have perhaps thought Parliament Sq a more appropriate location.
Nevertheless it is a magnificent statue.
Written May 12, 2018
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T0urist7
Warsaw, Poland1,397 contributions
while walking around
Jan 2018 • Couples
stop to take a picture while walking around London. it is worth stopping on a walking route and remembering the interesting biography of the prime minister of England.
Written January 25, 2018
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BigHugh51
Adelaide, Australia3,638 contributions
An impressive tribute to a great Prime Minister!
Jul 2017 • Couples
While in London again, we had been enjoying a long walk from Trafalgar Square along the Strand and into Aldwych.
When we came to Australia House, located where Aldwych meets Fleet Street, we spotted this very large, fine statue of William Gladstone which stands on the opposite of the roadway, adjacent to the Royal Courts of Justice. The figure of Gladstone, cast in bronze stands high on a tall stone plinth surrounded by four other bronze figures.
We were surprised to see this statue in this location. This was because we had previously visited Parliament Square where many eminent politicians and statues are honoured with statues. Perhaps Gladstone was held in such high esteem as a Prime Minister that he was thought worthy of a tribute in another prominent position.
In any case, it is certainly an impressive statue and worthy of a few moments of your attention if you happen to be passing by!
Written November 26, 2017
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