Thomas More

For the historians and the curious, this memorial to Thomas More, lawyer, author of Utopia and one time confident of Henry VII can be found behind the Courts of justice on Carey Street in Holborn.

Thomas More

Also known as St Thomas More, he was canonised by the Catholic Church in 1935. More was executed for treason after he refused to swear an oath Henry put into place after splitting from Rome and the Catholic Church which acknowledged him as the head of the Church in England, not the Pope, which ran counter to More’s devout Catholic beliefs.

 

The statue itself was commemorated in the 19th century on the side of the building that was once home to the barristers’ chambers Thomas More  Chambers, overlooking an entrance to the Royal Courts of Justice and a stone’s throw away from Lincoln’s Inn, where More himself was called to the bar and practised law.

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