Queen Victoria Memorial - Warwick Gardens, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 29.812 W 000° 12.252
30U E 694060 N 5708787
Quick Description: This memorial, to Queen Victoria, was erected by the people of the Royal Borough of Kensington.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/16/2012 4:45:33 AM
Waymark Code: WMEMXX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 2

Long Description:

The monument, that stands over eleven metres high, is mainly constructed of pink granite with the plaque and other features cast in bronze. The monument was erected to commemorate Queen Victoria's life by the residents of Kensington.

The Public Monuments and Sculptures Association website (visit link) tells us:

"Summary

Half way up the shaft is a band of stone. On the north side is a circular integral plaque with a moulded border which contains a profile head portrait of Queen Victoria looking east. She wears a necklace, a small crown and drapery(?) around her head. Arthur Byron, London Statues. LCC, Outdoor Memorial in London, 1910.

Inscriptions

On bronze plaque attached to north face of pedestal:

IN MEMORY OF
HER MOST GRACIOUS
MAJESTY
QUEEN VICTORIA
BORN IN KENSINGTON PALACE
24TH MAY 1819
THIS COLUMN/ WAS ERECTED BY
THE INHABITANTS OF
THE ROYAL BOROUGH
OF KENSINGON/ 1904
LEWIS H. ISAACS MAYOR

W. CHAMBERS LEETE            H.L. FLORENCE
TOWN CLERK                            ARCHITECT

Below the portrait:

VICTORIA QUEEN AND EMPRESS

Element detais:

Part of work Material Dimensions
Plinth Pink granite 76x218x175cm
Pedestal Pink granite None
Shaft Pink granite The entire monument is 11.5m high
Capital, base of shaft, base around shaft Pentalicus marble None
Frame moulding Bronze None
Plaque and wreath Bronze 65x25x115cm

The London Gardens On-Line website (visit link) also tells us about the area:

"Warwick Square was laid out by Lord Kensington's surveyor William Cutbush between 1824-39 but it was not a successful development. It was later bisected by the roadway, now Warwick Gardens, a major one-way route south. In the centre of the road is an area of landscaping around the Queen Victoria Monument, a memorial erected by inhabitants of the borough of Kensington. Designed by H L Florence in 1904, the granite column is topped with an urn and has reliefs of the Queen on the faces. It was re-erected here in 1934. All that remains of the houses of Warwick Square are Nos. 1 - 9 Warwick Gardens. The central area with the memorial column has planters either side and a drinking trough to the south, sited here in 1899 by the Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association at the behest of 'R McC'."

Documentation (website): [Web Link]

Type of Column: Doric

Location: Warwick Gardens in West London.

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