Lamppost series – 3: Westminster

For the third entry for this seminal lamppost series (*cough*), I turn to the seat of power in the land and to Westminster, or perhaps more accurately, Westminster Bridge.  There are two different lampposts that interest me here – and both feature a diadem, quite appropriate in this Diamond Jubilee Year of course.

I read somewhere that these lampposts were designed by Augustus Pugin, who assisted Charles Barry with the redesign of the Palace of Westminster – and I think it must be true as they complement each other so well.

For me however, it reminds me of the sometimes difficult historic relationship between state and crown – or as Shakespeare once wrote “uneasy is the head that wears a crown”.

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