Equestrian statue of Charles I, Charing Cross

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The equestrian statue of Charles I at Charing Cross, London, is a work by the French sculptor Hubert Le Sueur, probably cast in 1633. It is considered the central point of London.

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Charles I
The equestrian statue of Charles I on its plinth at Charing Cross, London
The statue in 2009
ArtistHubert Le Sueur
Year1633; 390 years ago (1633)
TypeEquestrian statue
SubjectCharles I of England
LocationLondon, WC2
United Kingdom
Listed Building – Grade I
Official nameStatue of Charles I
Designated9 January 1970
Reference no.1357291[1]

Its location at Charing Cross is on the former site of the most elaborate of the Eleanor crosses erected by Edward I, which had stood for three and a half centuries until 1647.[2] Charing Cross is used to define the centre of London and a plaque by the statue indicates that road signage distances are measured from this point.[3] The statue faces down Whitehall towards Charles I's place of execution at Banqueting House.[4]

The first Renaissance-style equestrian statue in England, it was commissioned by Charles's Lord High Treasurer Richard Weston for the garden of his country house in Roehampton, Surrey (now in South London). Following the English Civil War the statue was sold to a metalsmith to be broken down, but he hid it until the Restoration. It was installed in its current, far more prominent location in the centre of London in 1675, and the elaborately carved plinth dates from that time.