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The Philpot Lane Mice - No Longer the Smallest?

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Sunday, 24 April 2011

The Philpot Lane Mice - No Longer the Smallest?

I wrote about the Bourchier Street Pig the other day. It is still there. Does this mean that it now qualifies as the smallest permanent sculpture in London? The previous acknowledged holders of this record are the Philpot Lane Mice.

The mice are still fighting over a piece of cheese on the Philpot Lane side of 23 Eastcheap. They apparently date from 1862 when  the building was constructed for the spice merchants Messrs Hunt & Crombie by John Young & Son. I can't think of another piece of Victorian street art in London,  so if the Bourchier Street  Pig now claims the crown of smallest sculpture, perhaps the mice can go for the "Oldest Street Art" title instead.

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