Call to refurb historic Queen Victoria statue

Call to refurb historic Queen Victoria statue

by Tom Martin (August 2022)

CALLS are being made for  the historic statue of Queen Victoria in Southport town centre to be given a revamp after it was described as “looking a bit tired.”

The huge statue on Nevill Street, first erected in the town in 1903, looks as though the paintwork displaying the ‘Victoria 1837-1901’ has faded over the years.

Champion reader  Geoff Snee, is not amused. He said: “This statue is a major part of the town’s history and I think it’s important that we look after it.

“It’s in a prime location and most visitors to the town will pass it on their way to the promenade. What does it say about us as a town to visitors if we can’t look after our history?”

Designed and sculpted by world-renowned artist George Frampton, the monument was erected in 1903, two years after Queen Victoria’s death.

The imposing statue  depicts her adorning the crown jewels - the sceptre in her right hand, the orb in her left hand and the crown proudly sat on her head.

The statue was originally positioned outside the Atkinson, but around ten years later it was relocated to Nevill Street.

In 2006, Nevill Street underwent a £1.5m refurbishment funded by the Mersey Waterfront Regional Park, European Regional Development Fund and Sefton Council through the Local Transport Plan allocation.

Whilst her home underwent some redecorations, Queen Victoria was sent to Liverpool to be restored by staff at National Museums Liverpool.

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