Geoffrey Barkington was a Square Mile dog. His final resting place is within Jubilee Gardens, Houndsditch. Houndsditch marks the route of a ditch outside part of the London Wall known for the disposal of deceased dogs. The ditch was first dug in Roman times before being levelled in the 16thcentury; several dog skeletons were discovered here in 1989 during construction works. Geoffrey’s gravestone was made with the help of Solid Geometry, Tarmac, Kilnbridge, University of Westminster and Prewett Bizley Architects.
This bench is one of ten new benches across the City of London - five in Cheapside and five in the Eastern Cluster - and result of a design competition organised by the London Festival of Architecture, the City of London Corporation and Cheapside Business Alliance in 2018. They showcase London’s brilliant emerging architects and designers, and are a public gift that help the City remain an exceptional place to live, work and visit.
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