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Queen Victoria (1903)
Sculptor: Alfred Gilbert
Location: St. Nicholas Square. Materials: Bronze and Pink Granite. Status: Listed Grade II.
A bronze statue on a pink marble base, 21 ft in height, by Alfred Gilbert (1854 - 1934) unveiled by Countess Grey on April 24th 1903. The figure of the elderly Victoria is seated on the throne with an elaborate canopy and base. The statue was erected as a gift of Sir William Haswell Stephenson, Mayor of the City, to commemorate the 500th anniverary of the Shrievality of Newcastle upon Tyne which was granted by Henry IV on May 23rd 1400. The erection of the monument was planned for 1901 but Stephenson's financial difficulties delayed the process. The pedestal is inscribed on its front face "Victoria RI 1837 -1901; The Throne is Established by Rigteousness" and on the other faces "Thine is the Greatness and the Power and the Glory and the Victory and the Majesty" and Thine is the Kingdom O Lord and Thou Art Exalted as Head Above All."
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