This statue is next to the Greyhound pub at Burgh-By-Sands on the Solway coast of Cumbria ,NW England.
It is in memory of Edward I ,King of England, known as the Hammer of the Scots.It was installed to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the King’s death on 7th July 1307 on nearby Burgh marsh (another monument is seen below).
Edward I was at the time leading a campaign against Robert the Bruce of Scotland. Sadly he was struck down with dysentery after a dodgy prawn curry at the pub the night before and died. (That’s probably the very picnic bench behind the statue that he sat at for his meal.)
He was most famous for being the King that executed Mel Gibson after a particularly bad impersonation of William Wallace, who had got his son’s wife Isabella http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IsabellaofFrance pregnant at the age of 10.(Come on,did you see the film? Talk about biased)
The King lay in state in the church of St Michael’s (see below) before being taken back down south.
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