List of statues formerly in London
This page lists statues which used to exist in London, but have either been destroyed or removed to another place. Statues which have been moved within London are not included. However, where one statue has been removed and replaced by another similar one, the old one is included in this list.
- The equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington by Matthew Digby Wyatt, which used to stand on the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, was removed when the arch was itself moved and never replaced. It was moved to Round Hill at Aldershot in 1885. The position it used to occupy is now taken by the Peace quadriga by Adrian Jones.
- Field-Marshal Lord Strathnairn - this statue by Onslow Ford was placed at the intersection of Knightsbridge and Brompton Road in 1895. It was removed in 1931 when the Knightsbridge underground station was renovated, and disappeared from public view until 1964, when it was sold to a private owner. It can now be seen near to Griggs Green in Hampshire. (The pedestal on which it now stands is significantly lower than the original.)
- A statue of Robert Peel by William Behnes stood at the West end of Cheapside, on the present site of St. Paul's tube station. As it had become an obstruction to traffic it was removed in 1939, with the intention that it would be erected in a niche of the outer wall of the Bank of England. This never happened and in 1951 it was re-erected in Postman's Park. Finally, in 1971, it was moved to Hendon Police College, where it was unveiled in 1974 by Queen Elizabeth II.
- Prior to the installation of the present statue of Oliver Cromwell in Parliament Square there was a different statue of Cromwell in another part of the square. It looked very similar to the one by Matthew Noble currently in Wythenshawe, Manchester, but it is not clear whether this is the same statue or one is a copy of the other.
- Until 2003 a statue of Sir James McGrigor (Matthew Noble, 1865) stood at Atterbury Street in Millbank, in front of the Royal Army Medical College. When the college's buildings were taken over by the Chelsea College of Art and Design, the statue was moved to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
- A terracotta statue of Queen Victoria by John Broad stood outside the Doulton (from 1901, Royal Doulton) pottery works on the Albert Embankment from 1900 until 1910, when it was removed for roadworks and destroyed. Other statues from the same mould went to Newbury and Gravesend.
Statues replaced by replicas
- The statue of Queen Anne by Francis Bird which stood outside St. Paul's Cathedral was damaged by a lunatic in the 19th century, and as it was in any case in rather poor condition, it was removed, together with the four statues at its base, and replaced by a copy, partly the work of Richard Belt. The original was moved to a location near St Leonards in Sussex.
- The Victoria Palace Theatre had a figure on its roof of a dancer (possibly representing Anna Pavlova, by some accounts). It was taken down to protect it from the bombing during World War II, and apparently was mislaid as a result. A replica of the original was installed in 2006.
Statues removed and subsequently returned
- The statue of Charles II in Soho Square was removed for many years to Grim's Dyke, the estate of W. S. Gilbert, and returned to its current position after the death of Gilbert's widow, who had willed it back to the square. It was originally accompanied by four other statues representing British rivers, and the current whereabouts of these is unknown; they have probably been destroyed or buried.
- Blackwood, John (1989). London’s Immortals: The Complete Outdoor Commemorative Statues. London and Oxford: Savoy Press., p. 184
- Ward-Jackson, Philip (2011). Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster: Volume 1. Public Sculpture of Britain. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press., pp. 6–7
- Blackwood, John (1989). London’s Immortals: The Complete Outdoor Commemorative Statues. London and Oxford: Savoy Press., p. 66