King Richard III Grey Friars plaque is back on Google’s Street View


In 2010 I uploaded this image taken off Google Map’s Street View of the King Richard III memorial plaque on Grey Friars in  a blog post, as I thought it was a shame it had been covered over by a ‘To Let’ sign.

I was even more surprised to see the plaque still showing it covered over on Google Map’s Street View after the discovery of Richard’s body; so I wrote to Google to see if they’d take another image and upload that instead. They replied on 23rd February, to say they’d consider the issue:

“Thank you for informing us of your request regarding Street View imagery. We’re currently reviewing the imagery you reported so that we can take the appropriate action per your request. We appreciate your patience and assistance as we work to resolve this situation.”

So not expecting much I checked today, and indeed a new image taken in the city sunshine shows the plaque as it should be; so any visitors from abroad looking at the area via Google maps can see the historic area, and the plaque, and appreciate better the city’s rich history.

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PS: A few days later, after I contacted the Leicester Mercury, a piece appeared in the paper titled ‘Google sorts king cover-up’, complete with a pic of me on the streets of the city!

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Posted story to Twitter on 14 June with controversy over Google no longer displaying Winston Churchill in search results for British Prime Ministers.

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