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King Henry VIII's view of St Paul's

King Henry VIII's Mound


Looking west from King Henry's Mound.King Henry VIII's Mound is the highest point within the park and is located within the public gardens of Pembroke Lodge. It is named after Henry VIII of England.


There is speculation that the mound has an older history, and may have originally been a barrow.


From the Mound there is a protected view of St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London over 10 miles (16 km) to the east which was established in 1710. (A telescope is installed on the mound, for a better viewing experience.) This vista is protected by a 'dome and half' width of sky on either side. The Mayor of London (Ken Livingstone) sought to overturn this protection in 2005, and reduce it to 'half a dome'. No final decision is yet public. To the west is a panorama of the Thames Valley.


Photos taken on December 18th

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Taken on December 18, 2009