Friday, 3 August 2012

Skywatch Friday: Lancashire man dies in London equestrian event


The statue on the left with pigeons at its feet is of Robert Peel, who was born into a wealthy cotton mill-owning family 1788 in Bury, Lancashire. After a privileged education at Harrow Public School and Christ Church College Oxford he twice became a Tory (Conservative) Prime Minister.

He is best remembered for setting up an organised police force in London in 1829, where the policemen (no women in those days, and I am unsure who the seated female statue is) became known as "Peelers". Peel fell to his death when riding a horse on London's Constitution Hill in July 1850.

More Skywatch Friday posts.

5 comments:

  1. And also why policemen became known as 'bobbies'.

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  2. Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. Hi there - nice image - and also a little bit of history.

    Stewart M - Australia

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