- Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square is a square in central
London, England. With its position in the heart of London, it is a tourist attraction; its trademark is Nelson's Columnwhich stands in the centre and the four lion statues that guard the column. Statues and sculptures are on display in the square, including a fourth plinth displaying changing pieces of contemporary art, and it is a site of political demonstrations.
The name commemorates the
Battle of Trafalgar(1805), a British naval victory of the Napoleonic Wars. The original name was to have been "King William the Fourth's Square", but George Ledwell Taylorsuggested the name "Trafalgar Square".
The northern area of the square had been the site of the
King's Mewssince the time of Edward I, while the southern end was the original Charing Cross, where the Strand from the City met Whitehall, coming north from Westminster. As the midpoint between these twin cities, Charing Cross is to this day considered the heart of London, from which all distances are measured.
In the 1820s the Prince Regent engaged the landscape architect John Nash to redevelop the area. Nash cleared the square as part of his Charing Cross Improvement Scheme. The present architecture of the square is due to Sir
Charles Barryand was completed in 1845.
The square consists of a large central area surrounded by roadways on three sides, and stairs leading to the National Gallery on the other. The roads which cross the square form part of the
A4 road, and prior to 2003, the square was surrounded by a one-way traffic system. Underpasses attached to Charing Cross tube stationallow pedestrians to avoid traffic. Recent works have reduced the width of the roads and closed the northern side of the square to traffic.
Nelson's Column is in the centre of the square, surrounded by fountains designed by Sir
Edwin Lutyensin 1939 (replacing two earlier fountains of Peterhead granite, now at the Wascana Centreand Confederation Parkin Canada) and four huge bronze lions sculpted by Sir Edwin Landseer; the metal used is said to have been recycled from the cannon of the French fleet. The column is topped by a statue of Horatio, Viscount Nelson, the admiralwho commanded the British Fleet at Trafalgar.
On the north side of the square is the National Gallery and to its east the
St Martin's-in-the-Fieldschurch. The square adjoins The Mall "via" Admiralty Archto the southwest. To the south is Whitehall, to the east Strand and South Africa House, to the north Charing Cross Roadand on the west side Canada House.
At the corners of the square are four
plinths; the two northern ones were intended for equestrian statues, and thus are wider than the two southern. Three of them hold statues: George IV (northeast, 1840s), Henry Havelock(southeast, 1861, by William Behnes), and Sir Charles James Napier(southwest, 1855). Mayor of London Ken Livingstonecontroversially expressed a desire to see the two generals replaced with statues "ordinary Londoners would know".cite news|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,385413,00.html|title=Mayor attacks generals in battle of Trafalgar Square|first=Paul|last=Kelso|publisher= The Guardian|date= 2000-10-20|accessdate=2007-05-25]
On the lawn in front of the National Gallery are two statues, James II to the west of the entrance portico and
George Washingtonto the east. The latter statue, a gift from the state of Virginia, stands on soil imported from the United States. This was done in order to honour Washington's declaration he would never again set foot on British soil. cite web|url=http://travel.msn.com/Guides/article.aspx?cp-documentid=345328&page=2|title=10 Famous London Statues|accessdate=2007-06-18]
In 1888 the statue of General
Charles George Gordonwas erected. In 1943 the statue was removed and, in 1953, re-sited on the Victoria Embankment. A bust of the Second World War First Sea LordAdmiral Cunningham by Franta Belskywas unveiled in Trafalgar Square on 2 April 1967by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. [cite web|title=Bust of Viscount Cunningham of Hyndhope by Franta Belsky|url=http://yourarchives.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php?title=Bust_of_Viscount_Cunningham_of_Hyndhope_by_Franta_Belsky|publisher=Your Archives, The National Archives|accessdate=2007-11-27.]
The Square has become a social and political location for visitors and Londoners alike, developing over its history from "an
esplanadepeopled with figures of national heroes, into the country’s foremost "place politique"," as historian Rodney Macehas written. Its symbolic importance was demonstrated in 1940 when the Nazi SSdeveloped secret plans to transfer Nelson's Column to Berlinfollowing an expected German invasion, as related by Norman Longmatein "If Britain Had Fallen" (1972).
The fourth plinth on the northwest corner, designed by Sir
Charles Barryand built in 1841,cite news|last=Sooke|first=Alastair|title=Art versus the pigeons|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2007/11/03/baplinth103.xml|publisher=" The Daily Telegraph(Review)"|date= 2007-11-03|page=4] was intended to hold an equestrian statue of William IV, but remained empty due to insufficient funds. [cite web |url=http://www.ealingtimes.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.1479441.0.arthurs_design_proves_eyecatching.php |title=Arthur's design proves eye-catching |accessdate=2008-05-30 |author=David Doyle |date=2007-06-18 |publisher=Ealing Times] Later, agreement could not be reached over which monarch or military hero to place there.
In 1999, the
Royal Society of Artsconceived the Fourth Plinth Project, which temporarily occupied the plinth with a succession of works commissioned from three contemporary artists. These were:
* "Ecce Homo", by
* "Regardless of History", by
Bill Woodrow(2000) [For photographs of Bill Woodrow's "Regardless of History", see cite web|title=Bill Woodrow, Regardless of History, 2000|url=http://www.sculpture.org.uk/work/000000100153|publisher=Cass Sculpture Foundation|accessdate=2008-02-12]
* "Monument", by
Wallinger's "Ecce Homo" – the
Latintitle of which means "Behold the man", a reference to the words of Pontius Pilateat the trial of Jesus Christ (John 19:5) – was a life-sized figure of Christ, naked apart from a loin cloth, with his hands bound behind his back and wearing a crown of barbed wire(in allusion to the crown of thorns). Atop the huge plinth, designed for larger-than-life statuary, it looked minuscule. Some commentators said that, far from making the man look insignificant, his apparent tininess drew the eye powerfully; they interpreted it as a commentary on human delusions of grandeur.
Whiteread's "Monument", by an artist already notable for her controversial
Turner Prize-winning work "House" and the JudenplatzHolocaust Memorial in Vienna, was a cast of the plinth in transparent resin, and placed upside-down on top of the original. [For a maquetteone-tenth the size of the original sculpture, see cite web|title=Rachel Whiteread, Maquette for Monument, 1999|url=http://www.sculpture.org.uk/work/000000100159|publisher=Cass Sculpture Foundation|year=1999?|accessdate=2008-02-12] Following the exhibition project, some wished to see it continue in this role.
Various companies have used the plinth (often without permission) as a platform for publicity stunts, including a model of
David Beckhamby Madame Tussaudsduring the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The London-based American harmonica player Larry Adlerjokingly suggested erecting a statue of Moby-Dick, which would then be called the "Plinth of Whales". A television identfor the British TV station Channel 4shows a CGI Channel 4 logo on top of the fourth plinth.
The best use of the fourth plinth remains the subject of debate. On
24 March 2003an appeal was launched by Wendy Woods, the widow of the anti- apartheidjournalist Donald Woods, hoping to raise £400,000 to pay for a nine-foot high statue of Nelson Mandelaby Ian Walters. The relevance of the location is that South Africa House, the South African high commission, scene of many anti-apartheid demonstrations, is on the East side of Trafalgar Square.
A committee convened to consider the RSA's late-1990s project concluded that it had been a success and "unanimously recommended that the plinth should continue to be used for an ongoing series of temporary works of art commissioned from leading national and international artists". [cite book|title=Fourth Plinth Secondary Schools Award : How Will Your Students be Inspired by the Fourth Plinth?|url=http://www.fourthplinth.co.uk/docs/fourth-plinth-secondary-pack.pdf|location=London|publisher=
Greater London Authority|month=August | year=2007|page=5|format=PDF] After several years in which the plinth stood empty, the new Greater London Authorityassumed responsibility for the fourth plinth and started its own series of changing exhibitions:
Marc Quinn: "Alison Lapper Pregnant" (unveiled 15 September 2005) – a 3.6-m, 13-t marble torso-bust of Alison Lapper, an artist who was born with no arms and shortened legs due to a condition called phocomelia. [cite news|title=Square's naked sculpture revealed|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4247000.stm|publisher= BBC News|date= 2005-09-19]
Thomas Schütte: "Model for a Hotel 2007" (formerly "Hotel for the Birds") (unveiled 7 November 2007) – a 5-m by 4.5-m by 5-m architectural model of a 21-storey building made from coloured glass. The work cost £270,000 and was funded primarily by the Mayor of Londonand the Arts Council of England. Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery and chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group that recommended Quinn's and Schütte's proposals to the Mayor in 2004, has said: "There will be something extraordinarily sensual about the play of light through the coloured glass. ... [I] t's going to feel like a sculpture of brilliance and light." [See also cite news|last=Cooke|first=Rachel|title=Check into Trafalgar Square's new hip hotel|url=http://arts.guardian.co.uk/art/visualart/story/0,,2204825,00.html|publisher=" The Observer"|date= 2007-11-04cite news|last=Higgins|first=Charlotte|title=Trafalgar Square sculpture unveiled|url=http://arts.guardian.co.uk/art/news/story/0,,2206983,00.html|publisher=" The Guardian"|date= 2007-11-08cite news|last=Searle|first=Adrian|title='It is like a jewel'|url=http://arts.guardian.co.uk/art/visualart/story/0,,2207206,00.html|publisher=" The Guardian(g2)"|date= 2007-11-08]
In February 2008, Terry Smith, the chief executive of trading house Tullett Prebon, offered to pay more than £100,000 for a permanent statue acceptable to "ordinary Londoners" of
Air Chief MarshalSir Keith Rodney Park in recognition of his work as commander of No. 11 Group RAFduring the Battle of Britain, as it was this Group that was responsible for the defence of London. A Greater London Authority spokesman said: "There are many worthy suggestions for statues on the fourth plinth and some people feel passionately about each of them. All proposals will be judged on their merits including its current use as one of the most high profile sites for contemporary public art in London. The cost of erecting the current work on the plinth is £270,000. The cost of a permanent monument is likely to be considerably more." [cite news|last=Harding|first=Thomas|title=City boss calls for statue of war hero|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/25/nhero125.xml|publisher=" The Daily Telegraph"|date= 2008-02-26]
The square is a tourist spot in London, and used to be famous for its pigeons (Rock Pigeons). Feeding the pigeons was a popular activity with Londoners and tourists. The National Portrait Gallery displays a 1948 photograph of
Elizabeth Taylorposing there with bird seed so as to be mobbed by birds. The desirability of the birds' presence has long been contentious: their droppings look ugly on buildings and damage the stonework, and the flock, estimated at its peak to be 35,000, was considered to be a health hazard. In 1996, police arrested one man who was estimated to have trapped 1,500 birds for sale to a middleman; it is assumed that the birds ended up in the human food chain.
In 2000, the sale of bird seed in the square was controversially terminated and other measures were introduced to discourage the pigeons, including the use of trained
falcons. Supporters of the birds – including Save the Trafalgar Square Pigeons– as well as some tourists continued to feed the birds, but, in 2003, Ken Livingstoneenacted byelaws to ban the feeding of pigeons within the square.cite web|url=http://www.london.gov.uk/trafalgarsquare/manage/byelaws.jsp|title=Trafalgar Square byelaws|publisher=London.gov.uk|date= 2007-09-17|accessdate=2007-11-08] On 10 September 2007the byelaws were secured sealing an outright ban on feeding birds in area of the square.cite web|url=http://www.24dash.com/localgovernment/27299.htm|title=Pigeon feeding banned in Trafalgar Square|publisher= 24dash.com|date= 2007-09-10|accessdate=2007-09-17] There are now few birds in Trafalgar Square and it is used for festivals and hired out to film companies, in a way that was not feasible in the 1990s.
In 2003 the redevelopment of the north side of the square was completed. The work involved permanently closing the main eastbound road there - diverting it around the rest of the square and demolishing part of the wall and building a wide set of stairs. This construction includes two Saxon scissor lifts for disabled access, public toilets, and a small café. Plans for a large staircase had long been discussed, even in original plans for the square. The new stairs lead to a large terrace or
piazzain front of the National Gallery, in what was previously a road. Previously access between the square and the Gallery was via two busy crossings at the north east and north west corners of the square. The pedestrianisation plan was carried out in the face of protests from both road-users and pedestrians concerned that the diversion of traffic would lead to greater congestion elsewhere in London. However, this does not seem to have happened;Fact|date=June 2007 the reduction in traffic due to the London congestion chargemay be a factor.
There has been a
Christmasceremony every year since 1947. A Norway Spruce(or sometimes a fir) is given by Norway's capital Osloand presented as London's Christmas tree, as a token of gratitude for Britain's support during World War II. (Besides the general war support, Norway's Prince Olav, as well as the country's government, lived in exile in London throughout the war.) As part of the tradition, the Lord Mayorof Westminstervisits Oslo in the late autumn to take part in the felling of the tree, and the Mayor of Oslo then comes to London to light the tree at the Christmas ceremony. [ [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/2140985/Lieutenant-%27Polly%27-Perkins.html? "Lieutenant 'Polly' Perkins"] 17 June 2008" Telegraph.co.uk" accessed 17 June 2008]
Since its construction, Trafalgar Square has been a venue for political demonstrations, though the authorities have often attempted to ban them. The 1939 fountains were allegedly added on their current scale to reduce the possibility of crowds gathering in the square as they were not in the original plans.
By March of the year Nelson's column opened, the authorities had started banning
Chartistmeetings in the square. A general ban on political rallies remained in effect until the 1880s, when the emerging Labour movement, particularly the Social Democratic Federation, began holding protests there.
One of the first significant demonstrations of the modern era was held in the square on
19 September 1961by the Committee of 100, which included the philosopher Bertrand Russell. The protesters rallied for peace and against war and nuclear weapons.
Throughout the 1980s, a continuous anti-apartheid protest was held outside of South Africa House. More recently, the square has hosted the
Poll Tax Riots(1990) and anti-war demonstrations opposing the Afghanistan war and the Iraq war. [citation|last=Flett|first=Keith|title=The Committee of 100 : Sparking a new left|url=http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/article.php?article_id=5114|journal= Socialist Worker|issue=1933|date= 2005-01-08.]
The Square was also scene to a large vigil held shortly after the terrorist bombings in London on Thursday
7 July 2005. [cite news|title=London falls silent for bomb dead|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4679681.stm|publisher= BBC News|date= 2005-07-14]
21 June 2002, 12,000 people gathered in the square to watch the England national football team's World Cup quarter-final against Brazil on giant video screens which had been erected specially for the occasion.cite news|title=England fans mourn defeat|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport3/worldcup2002/hi/matches_wallchart/england_v_brazil/newsid_2055000/2055509.stm|publisher= BBC News|date= 2002-06-21]
In the early 21st century, Trafalgar Square has become the location to the climax for
victory parades; firstly for the England national rugby union teamto celebrate victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cupon December 9 2003, and then on September 13 2005, when the climax of the victory parade for the England national cricket team's victory against the Australia national cricket teamin The Ashestook place there.
6 July 2005Trafalgar Square was a gathering place for many London citizens to hear the announcement that they will host the 2012 Summer Olympics.
In 2007, Trafalgar Square hosted the opening ceremonies of the
Tour de France.
VE Day celebrations
Victory in Europe Day(V-E Day or VE Day) was 8 May 1945, the date when the Allies during the Second World War formally celebrated the defeat of Nazi Germanyand the end of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich.
Trafalgar Square was filled with
British subjects wanting to hear the formal announcement by Sir Winston Churchillthat the war was over. Trafalgar Square was used as a place of celebration and people from all over the country came there.
8 May 2005the BBCheld a concert to celebrate the 60th anniversary of VE Daywhich was hosted by Eamonn Holmesand Natasha Kaplinsky. Many people who lived during the war attended, and many of the much younger generation, but most importantly many old veterans came and told the stories of their hardships during the six years of war.
New Year events
For many years, revellers celebrating the start of a
New Yearhave gathered on the square, despite a lack of civic celebrations being arranged for them. The lack of official events in the square was partly because the authorities were concerned that actively encouraging more partygoers would cause overcrowding. Hogmanayat Edinburgh, Scotlandhas instead been the focus for British New Year celebrations, although since 2005, a firework display centred on London Eyeand the South Bank of the Thames, near the square, has given spectators a fitting start to the New Year.
Trafalgar Square was used for portions of two sketches from the BBC comedy series "
Monty Python's Flying Circus". In a continuation of the sketch "Collecting Birdwatchers' Eggs", several people in tan trenchcoats wandered around the square mocking the famous pigeons. The sketch "Olympic Hide and Seek" also started here. This sketch featured Graham Chapmanas British contestant Don Roberts and Terry Jonesas Francisco Huron, his competitor from Paraguayin a contest that ended in a tie after more than 11 years. Chapman caught a taxi near the base of Lord Nelson's Column at the beginning of the sketch. Trafalgar Square also appears in cartoon form in several of Terry Gilliam's animations.
Trafalgar Square is also featured in the comic version of "
V for Vendetta" as the location that the V's meet the army and defeat them, without a single fired shot due to sheer numbers (and the work of the Original V).
The Square was also the location of the successful 'World's Largest Coconut Orchestra' world record attempt on
23 April 2007. The record was set on St George's Dayas part of the celebrations, which was followed by a screening of " Monty Python and the Holy Grail". The World record attempt was linked with the use of coconuts during the film as well as the stage show " Spamalot".
In May 2007, the square was grassed over with 2,000 square metres of turf for two days as part of a campaign by London authorities to promote "green spaces" in the city.cite news|title=Trafalgar Square green with turf|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6687089.stm|publisher=
BBC News|date= 2007-05-24] cite web|url=http://www.flickr.com/groups/338946@N25/|title=Trafalgar Square - green (Flickr photo pool)|publisher= Flickr|date= 2007-05-24|accessdate=2007-10-03]
In July 2007, the square held a parade and concert for the 60th independence of Pakistan from the British. The event included many legendary sports and celebrity performances and many exhibitions of Pakistan's heritage and culture. It was recorded to be the biggest gathering of expat Pakistanis in the whole of Europe. It was televised live with
Geo TV, a private Pakistani television and the High Commission of Pakistan.
Every year on the anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar (
21 October), the Sea Cadet Corps holds a parade in honour of Admiral Lord Nelson and the British victory over the combined fleets of Spain and France at Trafalgar. The Areas of the Sea Cadet Corps are represented by seven 24-cadet platoons, made up of 12 male cadets and 12 female cadets. They represent Eastern Area, London Area, Southern Area, Southwest Area, Northwest Area, Northern Area, and the Marine Cadets. The National Sea Cadet Band also parades, as does a Guard and Colour Party.
*Charing Cross- Northern and Bakerloo Lines) — has an exit in the square. The two lines originally had separate stations, of which the Bakerloo Line one was called Trafalgar Square; they were linked and renamed in 1979 as part of the construction of the
Jubilee Line, which was later rerouted elsewhere.
*Embankment- District, Circle, Northern and Bakerloo Lines.
*Leicester Square- Northern and Piccadilly lines)
Bus routes running through Trafalgar Square:
Other Trafalgar Squares
National Heroes Square in
Bridgetown, Barbadoswas originally named Trafalgar Square in 1813, before the better known British thoroughfare, with another statue of Admiral Horatio Nelson featured. The name change occurred on April 28, 1999.
There is also a Trafalgar Square in
Barre, Massachusetts. [See, for instance, citation|author=Bradford L. Miner|title=Pine creaks no more; Woman's worries addressed|url=http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-160497045.html|newspaper= Telegram & Gazette(reproduced on HighBeam Encyclopedia)|date= 2007-03-02: "With a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, snow and wind forecast for today, Mary Jane Bade of 18 Trafalgar Square, South Barre, was more fearful than ever of what might happen if the damaged, towering white pine in her backyard were to come down during the storm"; and citation|author=James F. Russell|title=Water system funds flow elsewhere: New administrator, same result on 3rd try in block grant competition|url=http://www.telegram.com/article/20070712/NEWS/707120528/1004/RSS01&source=rss|newspaper= Telegram & Gazette|date= 2007-07-12: "Barre officials have said the grant would have been used to pay for water main, hydrant and service connection replacement along High Plains, Trafalgar Square, Celona Square and the Vernon Avenue districts in South Barre". A map of the location can be viewed at citation|title=Trafalgar Square, Barre, MA 01005|url=http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Trafalgar+Square,+Barre,+MA,+USA&sa=X&oi=map&ct=title|publisher= Google Maps|year=2008|accessdate=2008-06-06.]
The suburb of Waterloo in the city of
Lower Hutt, New Zealand, features a Trafalgar Square opposite the Waterloo Interchange Railway Station, a major metropolitan hub. [citation|title=Trafalgar Square, Waterloo, 5011 New Zealand|url=http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&q=%2B%22trafalgar+square%22+%2B%22lower+hutt%22&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&resnum=1&ct=title|publisher= Google Maps|year=2008|accessdate=2008-06-26.]
*cite news|last=Kelso|first=Paul|title=Mayor attacks generals in battle of Trafalgar Square: Livingstone wants statues of 'unknowns' replaced|url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4079207-103690,00.html|publisher="
The Guardian"|date= 2000-10-20
*cite web|last=Takkides|first=Stephan|title=Fourth Plinth, Location: City of Westminster|url=http://www.blitzandblight.com/england/london/fourthplinth/|publisher=Blitzandblight.com|date=
*cite book|last=Hargreaves|first=Roger|title=Trafalgar Square : Through the Camera|location=London|publisher=National Portrait Gallery Publications|year=2005|isbn=1855143453
*cite book|last=Holt|first=Gavin|title=Trafalgar Square|location=London|publisher=
Hodder & Stoughton|year=1934
*cite book|last=Hood|first=Jean|title=Trafalgar Square : A Visual History of London’s Landmark through Time|location=London|publisher=Batsford|year=2005|isbn=0713489677 (hbk.)
*cite book|last=Mace|first=Rodney|title=Trafalgar Square : Emblem of Empire|location=London|publisher=
Lawrence and Wishart|year=1976|id=ISBN 0853153671|isbn=085315368X Second edition published as cite book|last=Mace|first=Rodney|title=Trafalgar Square : Emblem of Empire|edition=2nd ed.|location=London|publisher= Lawrence and Wishart|year=2005|isbn=1905007116 (pbk.)
* [http://www.london.gov.uk/trafalgarsquare/ Official website of Trafalgar Square on the Mayor of London's website]
* [http://www.ionthesquare.co.uk/ iOn The Square] – guide to Trafalgar Square
* [http://www.michaelpead.co.uk/photography/london/trafalgar.shtml Photographs of Trafalgar Square from Michaelpead.co.uk]
* [http://www.flickr.com/groups/87492404@N00 Trafalgar Square Flickr photo pool]
* [http://www.camvista.com/england/london/trafsq.php3 Trafalgar Square webcam from Camvista.com]
* [http://www.willpearson.co.uk/virtual_tours/trafalgar_green_with_turf/index.php/ Virtual tours of Trafalgar Square with grass]
* [http://lltv.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=325610 London Landscape TV episode (5 mins) about Trafalgar Square]
* [http://www.fourthplinth.co.uk/ Fourth plinth project]
* [http://www.sirkeithpark.com Sir Keith Park Memorial Campaign] – proposal to erect a statue in honour of the
Battle of Britainwar hero Air Chief MarshalSir Keith Park
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