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Charles II is next in line for renovation

posted 23 Oct 2010, 06:56 by David Rintoul   [ updated 23 Oct 2010, 07:06 ]

For more than 300 years it has kept watch over the comings and goings in the Capital's Parliament Square - so it's long-overdue some pampering.

The statue of Charles II on horseback dates back to 1685 and is the oldest statue in the city - and the oldest equestrian lead statue in the UK.

Believed to be the work of the Dutch sculptor Grinling Gibbons, it is now set to be removed from it's historic perch to undergo vital restoration work to prevent it from collapsing.