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25 April 2010

Find the spot where Dick Whittington turned back

In the tale of Dick Whittington, based on the tale of Sir Richard Whittington, medieval merchant and politician, Gloucestershire's own Dick sets out from his home in the Forest of Dean to make his fortune in London, accompanied by his cat.

When he gets to London, having been told the streets are paved with gold, he struggles and is tempted to return home. But on his way back out of London, whilst climbing Highgate Hill, he hears Bow Bells, apparently ringing with a rhyme which goes

Turn again, Whittington,
Once Lord Mayor of London!
Turn again, Whittington,
Twice Lord Mayor of London!
Turn again, Whittington,
Thrice Lord Mayor of London!

He believes the bells are talking to him and turns around. Now, outside the hospital which bears his name is a statue of his cat turning, to commemorate this change of heart.

For more, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Whittington

^Picture by << graham >>^

1 comment:

  1. It really is a fantastic statue. I like the fact that the face is shiny where people have stroked him...

    Strangely enough, I recently got asked if someone could use the photograph I had taken of the statue as an illustration in a book on Cats. Obviously a popular moggy!