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

Statue of Queen Victoria (1819-1901)

Summary

Type Statue

     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.
    

Inscriptions

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

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Birch, Charles Bell Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze 4m overall
Pedestal Granite, red, polished 2m high x 125cm wide x 125cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STnlNLxx005 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Previous treatments
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road Ironmarket
Precise location in Queen's Gardens
A-Z ref None
OS ref SJ852463
Date of design 1903
Year of unveiling 1903
Unveiling details Unveiled on 5 November 1903
Commissioned by Sir Alfred Seale Haslem
Duty of care Newcastle-under-Lyme District Council
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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