Trafalgar Square fountains and traffic in a bokeh video. Can you find the double-decker buses?
Trafalgar Square transformed over the years into what it is today.
Originally, there were no fountains in Trafalgar Square, nor were there lions. Can you imagine? The lions are a huge attraction as today so many people use them as props in their photos or selfies. The fountains were added in 1845 to reduce the space for public gatherings. The lions arrived 25 years after The Monument to Lord Nelson was erected.
My earliest memories of Trafalgar Square: one, the road went right around the square. Cars and taxis could pass right in front of The National Gallery. And Second, hordes and flocks of hungry pigeons populated Trafalgar Square until they were removed in the early 2000’s. Little did the pigeons know they were a tourist attraction. All the dirty birds wanted was the bird seed or bread tourists would give them for the perfect photo op. I’m guilty of feeding the pigeons as you can see in the photo below (circa 1986). I must say, however, thank goodness the pigeons were banished from the square. What do you think? Do you miss the dirty birds?
If you have a walk around the square, you’ll find the world’s smallest police phone box, now used as a storage room for the cleaners. In case you’ve missed the police box, I’ve included a photo of it below. You’ll also find a plaque commemorating the very centre of London. All distances in London are measured from here. Walk to the roundabout directly in front of Trafalgar Square and have a look behind the statue of King Charles I; you’ll find the plaque there.
The current St Martin in the Fields church building dates back to 1721, though the history of St Martin in the Fields reaches back to 1222. It was King Henry VIII who rebuilt a church here in 1542 to keep plague victims in the area from having a pass through to his Palace of Whitehall. During this time, the church was literally in the fields, an isolated area between Westminster and London.
Whenever I’m in Trafalgar Square, I try to imagine the lone church standing in the fields. There actually was a time when this area was outside of London. Next time you’re in the square, close your eyes and challenge yourself to go back 475 years to the year 1542. Can you place yourself in the fields? Below is an image of today’s St Martin In The Fields church. What a beauty she is.