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Queen Victoria to get £20,000 make-over

PUBLISHED: 12:52 05 February 2015

Gravesend Market 1951

Gravesend Market 1951

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Gravesend historic charter market's royal statue to be restored

The statue of Queen Victoria in Gravesend’s charter market is to be restored thanks to a £20,000 boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The HLF cash for the iconic statue was received by Gravesham Borough Council today (February 5).

The statue has stood in the historic market for more than a century having been given to the town by its noted benefactor and mayor George Arnold.

It was originally made for the Darnley Road site but when it arrived in 1897 the glazing was damaged and it could not withstand the weather of an outside site. Another identical statue was made and that stands in Darnley Road, Gravesend to this day.

The years have weathered the statue and the council applied for HLF cash to restore it to its former glory.

Council leader Cllr John Burden said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure this grant which will enable the statue to remain a centrepiece of one of England’s oldest charter markets.

“The market itself is due to be refurbished by an £1.8m grant from the Coastal Communities Fund and today’s news is very much the icing on the cake.”

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