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

Statue of Viscount Hill

Summary

Type Statue

     Viscount Hill is shown in the manner of a gentleman-landowner, standing erect looking directly ahead, right hand by side holding gloves, left hand resting on draped tree stump, left foot slightly advanced. The plinth is octagonal and has three elements raised over a single step
     There were, over the years, quite a number of Rowland Hills out of Hawkestone and this has, unfortunately, led some Shrewsbury sources to attribute this statue to John Nelson (1726-1812). He did a statue of Sir Rowland Hill for Hawkestone Park in 1795. If the signature on the plinth is to be believed (and there seems no reason to doubt it) this statue was done for Hawkestone Park in 1876 by Matthew Noble. Gunnis says c.1856 (p.274) - or is this another Rowland Hill?
     Rowland, Viscount Hill of Hawkestone and of Hardwicke (1800-1875). Nephew of Viscount Hill of Almoray and Hawkestone, 1772-1842 (see the column, SAshSRgl035)

Inscriptions

(on uppermost element of pedestal, front face, Roman capitals, unpigmented): VISCOUNT HILL/ 1800-1875/BELOVED BY/TENANTS AND FRIENDS/WHO HAVE ERECTED/THIS STATUE/TO HIS MEMORY (on middle element of pedestal, front face, Roman capitals, unpigmented): PRESENTED/TO/THE TOWN OF SHREWSBURY/BY/HIS GRANDSON/ROWLAND RICHARD CLEGG-HILL/4TH VISCOUNT HILL/1907 (on lower element of pedestal in single line round right, front and left faces, Roman capitals, unpigmented): REMOVED FROM HAWKESTONE PARK AT THE JOINT EXPENSE OF THE CORPORATION OF SHREWSBURY AND FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY. RE-ERECTED 5TH DECEMBER, 1907

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Noble, Matthew Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue white marble 2m high approx
plinth and step unpolished white granite 3m high approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
SAshSRgl049 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Accretions
  • Other
Structural condition
  • Cracks, splits, breaks, holes
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road Abbey Foregate
Precise location In Abbey Gardens between the River Severn and Wakeman School
A-Z ref 30 C2
OS ref SJ496135
Date of design 1876
Year of unveiling 1907
Unveiling details 5 December 1907
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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