So this is not what you would expect - a bust of Jesus adorning a Secular Hall. That really is freethinking for you!
Leicester Secular Hall was built in 1881. It was commissioned by the Leicester Secular Society after a leading secularist, G.J. Holyoake, was refused the use of a public room to deliver a lecture.
And rather wonderfully, it is still a secular hall run by the Leicester Secular Society.
There are five small busts on the outside of the building - as well as Jesus, we have Socrates and Voltaire, and two very British radicals, Tom Paine - author of The Rights of Man - and the rationalist and cooperator Robert Owen. Here they all are:
Next time I'm in Leicester, I'll try to take a peek inside!
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