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Walking London’s Monuments and Statues

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Rupert Hill has written Walking London's Monuments and Statues which is described as "an illustrated tour of London's public art in 13 fact-filled walks".

Rupert Hill

The author, a former City solicitor who lives near St George's Road, launched the book on Thursday at Founders' Hall which displays maquettes of Charles Sergeant Jagger's figures for war memorials including the Royal Artillery War Memorial at Hyde Park Corner.

The memorial features in one of the walks which take around one to two hours to complete and each take in between 20 and 40 works.

On the cover of the paperback is a drawing of the lion outside County Hall which is a stop on the Westminster to Blackfriars Walk.

"I felt that I could not neglect the South Bank Lion because it's so splendid," said the author who says it is a rare Coade Stone survivor. "When Mrs Coade died she took the recipe with her."

This is Rupert Hill's second book. His first was a similar guide to Winchester which he was asked to write. Following its success he decided to turn to the public artworks he had long admired within walking distance of his home.

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