Oh, thanks LMJJ (you are a mine of info today - bless you). I've probably never seen the other side because of the way the traffic gets filtered.
It's still an odd thing to commemorate, don't you think? (Or maybe I should put an obelisk up outside our place to commemorate the fact that it's about 98.359 metres (I'm making that up, obviously, since in my day we had imperial - and since I can't estimate yards either) from the Roebuck?).
(i) Is the obelisk the only monument in London to have been removed from its original location (I think the Victorians considered it to be a traffic obstruction) and then returned to its original site?
[The Eleanor Cross at Charing Cross is a Victorian pastiche and
the sundial pillar at Seven Dials is a modern reproduction]
(ii) Is there a campaign group to save the Duke of Clarence from the South Bank Uni's expansion plans? It provided a wonderful backdrop to the obelisk in the brief few years between the obelisk coming back and the pub closing.
Wouldn't we have taken down a lot of famous monuments during wartime? I know my parents have a photo of my a distant relation as one of a team of workers replacing a statue of King Billy in Hull after the war. Apparently it had been in safekeeping during the war and was put up again afterwards.
And does Eros count as one that's been taken down and put up again (or is it now a new statue?)