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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Figurehead of Queen Victoria

Summary

Type Street Furniture

     Figurehead of Queen Victoria in coronation regalia. Painted white, blue and gold. Wearing crown, right arm flexed carrying orb with sceptre in left hand. Standing on a bracketed ledge.
          Salvaged from the ship 'Victoria' in the breaker's yard in Aberystwyth. Probably carved in about 1838, soon after Victoria's coronation but before marriage. Transferred to The Victoria Tavern in the town around 1870. Building remained a tavern until 1920 and has since housed a number of different commercial offices. In August 1999 the building housed a restaurant. In 1989 the building was repainted and the figurehead was undercoated in black. It was restored in 1998 and during restoration it was found that it had been painted at least 20 times and at one stage, possibly on her death in 1901, in black.

Inscriptions

Plaque fixed to wall of restaurant at eye-level below figurehead: VR / This merchantship's figurehead carved / about 1838 was the sign of the / Victoria Inn 1872 - 1920 / Restored in 1998

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Known, Not ---

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Wood 152cm approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
CERED005 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Baker Street
Precise location On side wall of restaurant No. 14 Baker Street at junction with Eastgate (the building is listed Grade II)
A-Z ref None
OS ref SN583817
Date of design None
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Ceredigion County Council
Listing status II
At risk? Not at risk

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