Queen Victoria's statue


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"...1,500 GBP was raised by public subscription for a statue dedicated to Samuel Morley. Made by sculptor Harvard Thomas of Chelsea, it was unveiled in Theatre Square in October 1888. This statue was broken in Dec. 1926 whilst being moved to a new site at the entrance to the Aboretum. It was replaced by the bust by Joseph Else in Dec.1928..."
....who eventually got a pub named after him.

I'd wondered where it came from, even if the neon wasn't working properly when Streetview went by. http://goo.gl/maps/Vs4Iy

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I was about to ask this question. I felt sure there was at one time a statue of queen Victoria near slab square. Now I know. I'd forgotten that it had been taken to the embankment.

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 I thought it was in front of the 'Theatre Royal''  at one time ?

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The old girl gets around doesn’t she!

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 I thought it was in front of the 'Theatre Royal''  at one time ?

Think she was looking for the love of her life......Prince Albert..........

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She was unveiled In the Old Market Square in 1905 and removed to the Embankment in 1953. There is no record of the statue being in front of the Theatre Royal. The statue once in Theatre Square was of Samuel Morley, the MP and knitwear manufacturer. I think that was moved to the Arboretum. 

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Thanks for that Phil.........i thought i'd seen her statue on a photo near the theatre ..obviously got it wrong........

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OH!!!!! one can dream phil  just half a larger in one of our city pubs will do.

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