Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Grey's Monument

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Charles Grey, later Earl Grey, was born in Northumberland in 1764 and became Prime Minister in 1830. The monument stands in the middle of Newcastle upon Tyne at the top of Grey Street and was built in 1838 to laud his political achievement for the passing of the Great Reform Act of 1832. He also oversaw the abolition of slavery throughout the British Empire in 1833

The column was designed by local architects John and Benjamin Green and the statue of Lord Grey was created by the sculptor Edward Hodges Baily who also created Nelsons statue in Trafalgar Square in London.

His name endures with tea drinkers world-wide because Earl Grey Tea is named after him.

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3 comments:

  1. Very interesting post and great reflection shot. I did't know anything about the history of Earl Grey or the tea before this.

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  2. Nice photo. Not keen on the tea, but I keep some for visitors.

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  3. Magnificent photo...the reflections are to die for!

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