Nelson Place and
the statue of Queen Victoria
the Queen Victoria Statue, Nelson Place
5th November 1903
statue is pictured here in its original position in Nelson Place.
The statue was given to the town in 1903 by Sir Alfred Haslem and
was unveiled by the Grand Duke Michael of Russia, to celebrate the
coronation of Edward VII.
A 1933 postcard
with a view of Nelson Place taken from Queen's Gardens.
In Nelson Place, the
Plaza Cinema can be seen in between King Street and Brunswick
Street. The building began life in 1788 as the Royal Theatre and was
converted into a cinema in 1910. It was originally known as the
Newcastle Cinema Theatre, but became the Plaza in 1930. To the right
can be seen the swimming baths. The baths were built in 1906 to
commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII.
statue of Queen Victoria occupies the centre of Nelson Place
To make way for road
widening in Nelson Place the statue of Queen Victoria was moved to
Station Walks in 1963.
It was here that the statue of Queen Victoria stood from
1963 to 2001
Queen Victoria in
- now grade
II listed -
The statue was sculpted by
Charles Bell Birch - This traditional depiction of Queen Victoria
shows her holding the orb in her left hand and the sceptre in her
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
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,
PRESENTED/ TO THE/ PARLIAMENTARY BOROUGH/
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
Statue in the
Queens Gardens - 2007
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.
The Newcastle Civic Society pressed for the statue the be restored
and moved to the Queen's Gardens. They successfully negotiated a
£10,000 millennium grant to achieve this, and it was unveiled in its
new location in July 2001 - the Statue was returned close to its
original home in Nelson Place.
after moving the
following inscription was added on the 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
In 2004 attempts to restore the statue to its original colour was
The civic society wanted the borough council to clean up the statue
of Queen Victoria in the Queen's Gardens at a cost of £15,000.
Labour councillor John Williams says although she may look a little
dull at least it's her "natural" beauty.