VICTORIA DEI GRA, BRITANNIAE REGINA, FIDEI DEFENSOR, IND IMPERATRIX.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member greysman
N 50° 49.479 W 000° 10.156
30U E 699362 N 5634144
Quick Description: At the seaward end of Grand Avenue in Hove stands this monument erected by the citizens of Hove.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/7/2010 11:31:31 PM
Waymark Code: WM9WZK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
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Long Description:
A life-size standing statue of Queen Victoria wearing royal regalia, facing south on a grey marble plinth, it is probably bronze. The dado is embellished with 4 low relief bronze panels with allegorical figures representing Empire, Education, Science and Art, and Commerce, captioned below in incized lettering. Above these panels are the words:

VICTORIA DEI GRA, BRITANNIAE REGINA, FIDEI DEFENSOR, IND IMPERATRIX.

reading from the south face anti-clockwise.

An inscription on the south front reads:

                 ERECTED
       BY THE INHABITANTS OF HOVE
TO COMMEMORATE THE SIXTIETH ANNIVERSARY
           OF THE ACCESSION OF
              QUEEN VICTORA
             JUNE 20 AD 1897
It was commissioned to commemmorate the Queen's Jubilee in 1897 but was not completed until the year of her death, and on the lower north face there is the inscription:

BORN.24.MAY.1819     DIED.22.JAN.1901

It is said that the sculptor was Thomas Brock (1847-1922), but the name NEWBURY.A.TRENT.SC. appears on the steps below the plinth. This is very likely the same Newbury Abbott Trent (1885-1963) who was commissioned to make the Peace Statue in memory of Edward VII which is further west along the Kingsway/Kings Road in Brighton. Thomas Brock did, however, design and make the Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace in London, so this may be where the confusion arises.

Monarch Ranking: King / Queen

Proper Title and Name of Monarch: Her Majesty Victoria, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India.

Country or Empire of Influence: United kingdom & the commonwealth

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