The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

January 31, 2012

January 31, 1839

When the English decided to build a memorial to Lord Nelson, they held a competition for designs. The deadline for proposals was January 31, 1839. The plan chosen involved an enormous Corinthian column with a statue of Nelson on the top, and the whole affair flanked with four lions. The government donated land across from the National Gallery in London for the project, a space which is now famous and called Trafalgar Square. 

The lion finally realized was about 20 feet long, and 11 feet tall. There are four of them. A story exists that if Big Ben ever strikes thirteen times, the bronze beasts will come alive.

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