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Queen's Cross, Queen Victoria Statue

A Category B Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.1431 / 57°8'35"N

Longitude: -2.1269 / 2°7'36"W

OS Eastings: 392417

OS Northings: 805806

OS Grid: NJ924058

Mapcode National: GBR S7C.R5

Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.9QFD

Entry Name: Queen's Cross, Queen Victoria Statue

Listing Date: 12 January 1967

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 354454

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20011

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Statue: C B Birch, ARA; plinth: Messrs Alexander Macdonald & Co.; 1893. Square-plan polished pink granite plinth reading "VICTORIA RI", surmounted by bronze statue of Queen Victoria holding a sceptre and orb.

Statement of Interest

The statue of Queen Victoria at Queen's Cross, marks the beginning of Aberdeen's West End. The statue itself was originally located on St Nicolas Street, and was moved to its present location in 1964 (when what is now Marks and Spencer was built). The statue replaced a Brodie marble of 1866 (now within the Town House). It was erected by the Royal Tradesmen of the city to commemorate Her Majesty's Jubilee. The statue was originally to have been marble, sculpted by Pittendreigh Macgillivray, ARSA, however this plan was not executed. Granite was the next possibility, but the statue was considered too small and delicate for this material. Finally a bronze was ordered from C B Birch, ARA, who had produced a marble statue of Queen Victoria for the Maharajah of Oodypore.

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