Statue of Queen Victoria (1819-1901)
This traditional depiction of Queen Victoria shows her holding the orb in her left hand and the sceptre in her right. Her crown is decorated with Tudor roses, and there is a Star of India upon her breast. She wears a textured shawl, with lace at her breast and cuffs. Her dress falls over the base of the monument, which stands upon two steps. The sculpture is enclosed by low chain railings linked by short metal posts in black and gold.
Until recently, this much neglected statue was the subject of debate in the Staffordshire paper, The Sentinel. While it stood in Station Walks, it was frequently subject to vandalism, including the theft of the sceptre. Newcastle Civic Society pressed for the restoration of the statue and its siting in Queen's Gardens.(1) They successfully negotiated a £10,000 millennium grant to achieve this, and it was unveiled in its new location in July 2001.
Front of pedestal, inscribed: VICTORIA, R I/ BORN AT KENSINGTON PALACE/ 24TH MAY 1819/ DIED AT OSBOURNE/ 22ND FEBRUARY 1901/ BURIED AT WINDSOR/ 2ND FEBRUARY 1901
Rear of pedestal, inscribed: PRESENTED/ TO THE/ PARLIAMENTARY BOROUGH/ OF NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME,/ BY/ SIR ALFRED SEALE HASLAM KT. M.P./ MAYOR OF THE BOROUGH/ 1901-2-3/ AND UNVEILED BY/ H.I.H. THE GRAND DUKE MICHAEL/ OF RUSSIA/ NOVEMBER 5TH 1903
on pavement by steps: NEW MILLENNIUM/THIS MONUMENT WAS RE-SITED/ THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF/NEWCASTLE-UPON-LYME CIVIC SOCIETY/IN PARTNERSHIP WITH/NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME BOROUGH COUNCIL/AND SUPPORTED BY LOCAL DONATIONS/JULY 2001
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