The Knight of the Cnihtengild
The Knight of the Cnihtengild
The Knight of the Cnihtengild
The Knight of the Cnihtengild

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A stylised representation of one of the thirteen knights (the Cnihtengild) who were granted the land lying to the east of the line Aldgate – Bishopsgate in the tenth century by King Edgar. The knight is depicted in armour, holding a lance and sitting astride a neighing horse. The horse has an elaborate carapace and bridle. The carapace is decorated with wave-like linked plates centred with blue glass lenses. The whole stands on a circular, slabbed granite base which rotates periodically. Lights are set into the base.

The Knight of the Cnihtengild




beaten bronze & blue crystal

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Acquisition method

commissioned by Standard Life Insurance Company

Work type



Standard Life Insurance Company


Standard Life Insurance Company

Work status


Unveiling date

21st November 1990


at all times

Inscription description

painted on bronze plate attached to granite slab to east, text (not transcribed) relating to tale of King Edgar (959-975); also: THIS SCULPTURE by DENIS MITCHELL, COMMISSIONED BY THE STANDARD LIFE / ASSURANCE COMPANY COMMEMORATES THE CNICHTENGILD AND WAS UNVEILED by THE / RIGHT HONOURABLE the LORD MAYOR, SIR ALEXANDER GRAHAM G.&E. D.C.L. / ON 21ST NOVEMBER 1990


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Located at

Devonshire Square, City of London


Close to the entrance to the covered courtyard of Devonshire Square.