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The story behind Henry VIII’s missing sword and the medieval statue brandishing a table leg – Cambridgeshire Live

Cambridge is home to what is most definitely the oddest statue of Henry VIII and possibly of any English monarch.

Found at Trinity College the famously rotund ruler stands solemnly about the Great Gate.

On his head sits his golden crown and in his left hand he holds a golden globus cruciger (the orb and cross, which represents a king’s authority to rule from God).

So far pretty normal for an old king’s statue but it’s Henry’s right hand which is utterly bizarre, for instead of a sword Henry holds a wooden table leg.



Trinity College

The rumour was always that a sword was replaced by one of the Cambridge Night Climbers, students who took to the roofs of the colleges after dark.

However, the true culprit was actually revealed in the Cambridge News back in the 80s.

Window cleaner Peter Binge told of how he was once cleaning the windows of Trinity’s Great Gate when he noticed the statue was missing its sword, and had nothing in its hand.

So he told his mate holding the ladder to wait a moment before going inside the college and retrieving an alternative weapon for King Henry.

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