Monuments are put under wraps for the duration of the war. Part of the preparations in anticipation of aerial bombardment was that many of the great civic statues and landmarks had to be protected. Here work takes place on he statue of King Charles I just across from Trafalgar square. The timber-framed construction, filled with sandbags and faced with corrugated iron cost £320 stated the First Commissioner of Works in answer to a question n the House of Commons in December 1939. The completed structure protecting the equestrian statue of Charles 1 Behind, in Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, and the lions still sit boldly on their plinths.