In a comment on the previous post, ladytizzy refers to the restoration work undertaken to the statue of Richard I that stands in Old Palace Yard in front of the Peers’ Entrance to the House of Lords. The work, to return the statute to its original glory, is now complete. I watched a workman remove the remaining boards round it this morning. Further details, and the Flickr pictures to which ladytizzy refers, can be found here.
The statue, which was erected at its present site in 1860, is of interest to me because it stands below my office window. My window is to the top right, and just out of sight, of the picture. I did a post last year showing my cramped desk (albeit, as of today, much tidier than in the picture!). The cramped working space is more than compensated for by the fact that from the window I can look out on Westminster Abbey as well as the statute of Richard I. Also adding to the aesthetic attraction is the fact that temporary security cabins erected in Old Palace Yard, on the corner of St Stephen’s Entrance, to screen visitors to the Palace, have also been removed. The only eyesore remains the corus barriers which regrettably remain necessary in these troubled times.