One of the the things I miss about England is the architecture, the monuments, the history. This statue was one of my favourites in Newcastle (near the Vampire Rabbit at the Cathedral Buildings). Here is a link to a fabulous photo, but what most of the links don't tell you is that the monument sits atop a Plague pit in "which over three hundred bodies lie". Why the historical aspect was not taken into consideration when they decided to plonk this monument over it is a mystery, but oh well! There is a strange dichotomy of feelings when looking at this Victorian monument and all the historic meanings behind it, yet knowing that there lies beneath hundreds of bodies from the 1665 plague. It sort of dulls the grandiosity of the this major piece of sculpture knowing the ugliness that is below it. However maybe it's not such a dichotomy for those who have studied the realities of the Victorian era.