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Edwardes Statue

A Grade II Listed Building in Weymouth, Dorset

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Latitude: 50.609 / 50°36'32"N

Longitude: -2.4523 / 2°27'8"W

OS Eastings: 368093

OS Northings: 78912

OS Grid: SY680789

Mapcode National: GBR PY.DHTX

Mapcode Global: FRA 57RG.8HB

Plus Code: 9C2VJG5X+J3

Entry Name: Edwardes Statue

Listing Date: 22 December 1997

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1365874

English Heritage Legacy ID: 467611

Location: Dorset, DT4

County: Dorset

Electoral Ward/Division: Melcombe Regis

Built-Up Area: Weymouth

Traditional County: Dorset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Dorset

Church of England Parish: Radipole and Melcombe Regis

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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873-1/24/160 (West side)
Edwardes Statue


Commemorative statue to Sir Henry Edwardes. 1885. By W and T
Wills. Statue in white Sicilian marble, plinth in Cornish
The naturalistic figure, over life-size, stands on a square
pedestal approx 3m high, with blocking-course on a moulded
capping, tall shaft with inscription, moulded plinth and
double-stepped base. The inscription reads, in part: 'Erected
by public inscription AD 1885.. (to) Sir HENRY EDWARDES,MP,
One of the Representatives of Weymouth and Melcombe
Regis....... to 1885, When the town ceased to be A
Parliamentary Borough'.
HISTORICAL NOTE: The Southern Times of 16 January 1886
reported the public unveiling of the statue in a fulsome
encomium, which includes '.... pronounced by competent
authorities to be a splendid work of art....The action is
excellent, being dignified and full of life..... The
cost...will be close on ยป800'. The same report contrasts the
statue with '...that hideous monstrosity known as the King's
Statue...'. Current assessments of the artistic contrast might
not be the same, but Sir Henry was a great benefactor to
Weymouth, including, for instance, the Almshouses in Rodwell
Avenue, James Street, and Rodwell Avenue (qv), so that the
monument has local historical interest.
(The Southern Times: 16 January 1886: Weymouth).

Listing NGR: SY6809378912

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