Statue of Peter The Great standing on a plinth. To the left is a statue of a court dwarf and to the right is a statue of a throne. All in Bronze.

Peter The Great

In this statue of Peter The Great, for a tall man, he has an unusually small head.

Peter The Great was a Russian Tsar who came to Deptford to study ship building. Like most students, he spent most of the time getting pissed.

He brought his mates along for the good times, including a court dwarf (see the statue), and wrecked John Evelyn’s estate where he was staying, by holding loads of student house parties.

Peter, in recompense for his trashing the place, planted the Old Mulbery Tree.

On the day I visited, a Russian woman was at the statue paying her respects to old Peter The Great.

Either that, or she was waiting there for a secret liaison with her KGB spy handler. It’s more fun to imagine the latter.

A tourist looks at the Peter The Great statue. To women and a baby are walking by.

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