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By Philip_H
Clocks that strike 13 times seem to have an unusual effect on statues!

In the Market Place at Kingston upon Hull there is a superb larger than life-size gilded equestrian statue of King William III (in Roman dress), known locally by his posthumous title 'King Billy', by Peter Scheemakers (1734). Folklore has it that if the clock of the adjacent Holy Trinity church should strike 13 times at midnight, King Billy will get off his horse and go for a drink in the nearby King William pub.

All complete nonsense of course, as the pub isnít open at midnight! Wink

Thanks for all the recent C&Cs - all very much appreciated.

Best wishes,

Tags: Architecture Clock Hull Kingston upon hull Holy trinity church Gilded Equestrian statue King billy King william III Urban myth Peter scheemakers

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 3:51PM
A most interesting narrative supported by a superb image captured from a wonderful point of view Phillip. The gold leaf catching the midday winter sun quite beautifully.

Regards Nathan Grin

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Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 3:53PM
Another great image with interesting information Philip. I really like the dof with the guilt King William in the foreground and the church clock behind it, it is a remarkably life like statue from the angle you have shot it and I can well imagine him popping down the local for a pint or two!
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
17 Feb 2013 4:18PM
Love that intro! Rather nice image too!!

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
17 Feb 2013 4:47PM
A well chosen composition --enhances the rider and the oof building as a complete image!
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
17 Feb 2013 4:52PM
I like that little story and the shot. Nice POV and the compo hinting at the story behind.
Herge88 11 40 4 England
17 Feb 2013 5:18PM
Like the pov here and the contrast created by the gold against the stonework.

Best Matt
17 Feb 2013 7:40PM
An excellent composition, great write up
HELANA 8 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 9:01PM
Very interesting information Philip, and very well capture image.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 11:14PM
The story fits beautifully with your picture. How wonderful to see a gilded statue, most unusual.
Tibetan 6 3 England
20 Feb 2013 10:05PM
Yep! one day Philip! the clock will strike thirteen! if you are a believer anything can happen, like it regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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