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Friday, 2 October 2015

An Odd Thing to Remember


It's sixteen metres long and made of portland stone.  The Southwark Needle on London Bridge blends in with the environment to the point where it is easy to walk by barely noticing it among the tall buildings that surround it.   What's the point?  Well it marks the approximate spot where the heads of executed traitors were dipped in tar and impaled on tall spikes.  A  delightful 16th century custom.

7 comments:

Adullamite said...

Sounds fun, can we bring that back...?

My Life in the Charente said...

Thanks for the visit. Love the photo but not sure that I like its memories. On the other hand there are a few people which may be better with that done to them! Hope you have a good weekend Diane

Lowell said...

Gotta wonder why there was felt a need to commemorate such a "delightful 16th century custom"? Sheesh!

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

All it needs is a decomposing skull on top.

William Kendall said...

How civilized... or not!

Sharon Anck said...

Sometimes I think we've come such a long way....other times it seems we haven't.

Jack said...

Yikes! I never heard of that, but I have a few candidates to give it a try these days . . .

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