London’s Fourth Statue of Simon Milton

Last week Boris Johnson unveiled a statue of the late Simon Milton at One Tower Bridge, a fitting tribute to his former deputy mayor. At least it would be, except Milton has been immortalised in statue form three times already. First there was the ‘decorative frieze’ erected in Piccadilly in 2013:

Then there was the sculpture unveiled in Merchant Square in Paddington in 2014:

On top of that, a bust was commissioned to reside at City Hall:

Meaning the new statue is the fourth Milton graven image in London. By contrast Lady Thatcher has one and Wellington has two. Dowding, who saved London from the Blitz, only has one. Milton however has the same number as Churchill. Surely nothing to do with his former partner Robert Davies being in charge of planning for Westminster council. While in the job Davies was responsible for taking down statues of Newton and Hogarth in Leicester Square. Perhaps he has plans for the free slots?




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