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Phineas v Reggie: a rivalry for the ages

The birth of our mascot, Phineas

In March 1900, Jasper Blaxland spied a large wooden highlander outside Catesby’s on Tottenham Court Road (which sold rich people fancy flooring). Blaxland was struck by the spirit of studenthood and resolved that the statue must be borrowed. That was Phineas’ first trip to campus but it would not be his last and soon he became the Union mascot. In 1932, Catesby’s donated the statue to UCL for good.