Stapleton Cotton 1st Viscount Combermere’s
equestrian statue, surrounded now
by traffic, would grace any capital.
For more than a hundred and fifty years
set before Chester Castle he rides south
towards Thomas Harrison’s Grosvenor Bridge
– once the longest single-span arch in the world –
opened by Princess Victoria.
The Viscount – soldier, politician,
diplomat – holds his feathered bicorne
at his side as if just removed in salute.
Though Combermere’s seat (once an abbey,