Hyde Park Corner is an area situated at the southeast quoin of Hyde Park, London.The Corner incorporates a collection of iconic monuments and memorial structures.Hyde Park Corner is served by many tunnels which help the pedestrians to walk freely beside the traffic.Knightsbridge, Constitution Hill, Grosvenor Crescent, Park Lane, Grosvenor Place and Piccadilly are the streets that adjoin in the Hyde Park Corner.Hyde Park Corner is served by the Hyde Park Corner tube station.
Wellington Arch and Wellington statue were fabricated in laurels of the first Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley.Many entrancing memorials of the World war I and II can also be seen in the corner.The heart of Hyde Park Corner is decorated by the alluring Wellington Arch.The memorial arch was erected in the year 1820 in commemoration of Duke Wellington’s triumph at the Waterloo battle.The arch was also called as Constitution Arch.Architect Decimus Burton was the one who designed the arch.Wellington Arch serves as the Northern gate to the historic Buckingham Palace.The arch was preceded by a group of grand sculptures in 1912.Adrian Jones carved the monument and is called as the Angel of peace descending on the Quadriga of Victory.
A prodigious equestrian effigy of the Duke of Wellington remained on Wellington Arch. The huge, 40-ton statue was put there in 1846 however it was removed due to its weight.In 1883, another statue of the Duke was set on the pedestal.The equestrian sculpture of the Duke was placed in confronting his previous home, Apsley House. He is mounted on his most loved war steed, Copenhagen, which he rode at the time of the Waterloo battle. The Wellington statue, made by Joseph Boehm, lays on a granite platform.Statues of four soldiers were occupied at the corners.
Machine Gun Corps Memorial was set up in 1925 in honor of the corps who sacrificed their life in World war I.At the top of the memorial stands the effigy of David and hence it is sometimes known as Boy David memorial.The enticing Royal Artillery memorial was built in memory of the Royal Artillery soldiers who fought in the Great war.The monument was fabricated by one of the Great war’s warrior, Charles Sergeant Jagger. The Apsley House, which was formerly the house of Arthur Wellesley hosts a museum at present in commemoration of the Duke.The museum displays the object used by the Duke and a range of paintings of great painting masters.
Recent memorials that occupy Hyde Park Corner are the Australian war memorial and New Zealand war memorial.The Australian war memorial was unveiled in 2003 and the later in the year 2006.The Australian war memorial comprises a wall engraved with the name of many Australian towns and the name of the venue where the fighters battled. Water splashes consistently over the engraved wall. The New Zealand memorial honors the New Zealand fighters who died amid the wars. The sculpture was structured by John Hardwick-Smith and Paul Dibble.