On Sat, 11 Sep 2021 02:39:30 -0700 (PDT), Tony Smith
Post by Tony Smith Post by Mike Ruddock
To answer your question: they seem to have taken down the big statue
which I am told once stood there. It would have been a great tourist
The statue of Rhodes was taken down because his imperialist actions had become unpopular.
In my youth my nearest town was Bishop's Stortford, the birthplace of Cecil
Rhodes. I was only aware of him* because in 1963 The Rhodes Centre*** was
built and in my time there, had a statue of him outside it. I see what is
now an 'arts centre' had his name removed just last year - I've no idea
what happened to the big statue outside, no sign of it on streetview since
2009 but there is a bust in the museum.
* never mentioned in my studies of 'The Southern Continents' at school**,
perhaps because it was confusing enough to have maps and books which
disagreed about the names of several countries.
** I 'did' that book two years running, having moved across the county and
changed curriculum - don't think I learnt much.
*** a general 'venue' - I first entered it to see the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah
Band play and a year or two later to attend B2's wedding reception.
Happiness comes in through doors you didn't even know you'd left open.