Speke Monument

Philip Hardwick

Kensington Gardens

London W2


Polished Aberdeen granite

John Hanning Speke (1827-1864) was the Victorian explorer who discovered the source of the Nile. However, his discovery was surrounded by contention. He died on the very eve of a crucial debate about it with Sir Richard Burton, when his own shotgun went off during a partridge shoot. [Continued below.]

Photographs, caption and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee.

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