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Duke of Wellington statue - EC2 Duke of Wellington statue - EC2

Statue: Duke of Wellington statue - EC2

Erection date: 18/6/1844

Inscription

{On each side of the plinth:}
Wellington
{On both ends of the plinth:}
Erected June 1844
{On a brass plaque on the base of the plinth, at the back:}
On 19th July 1838 the Court of Common Council of the City of London agreed to a contribution of £500 toward the cost of the above statue of the Duke of Wellington in appreciation of his efforts in assisting the passage of the London Bridge Approaches Act 1827. This Act led to the creation of King William Street. The government donated the metal, which is bronze from captured enemy cannon melted down after the Battle of Waterloo, and valued at the time at £1500. The total cost of the statue was £9000. The remainder being raised by public subscription.
The sculptor, Sir Francis Chantrey (1781 to 1841), was commissioned in 1838 but died before the work was completed. It was finished by his assistant Henry Weekes (1807 to 1877).
The Lord Mayor, William Magnay, unveiled the statue on 18th June 1844, the anniversary of Waterloo, in the presence of his guest the King of Saxony.
Adjoining the statue, a piece of granite from London Bridge (1825 to 1967) has been set into the pavement by the Corporation of London. The elevational stonework from the same bridge was re-erected over the Colorado River in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, USA, in 1971.

{On slab of granite inlaid into pavement at back of statue:}
Granite from London Bridge, 1825 - 1967, commemorating the assistance given by the Duke of Wellington to the passage of the London Bridge Approaches Act 1827.

{On a plaque to the left of the entrance to the area surrounding the statue:}
City of London, Royal Exchange Forecourt
This landscaped forecourt to the Royal Exchange was opened by the Rt. Hon, the Lord Mayor, Sir Alan Traill, GBE, MA, D. Mus, on the 16th April 1985

Leonard W. B. Groome, C. Eng. FICE, FI Struct. E., City Engineer

Dr Keith Gugan C. Eng. Chairman Planning and Communications Committee

{On a plaque to the right of the entrance to the area surrounding the statue:}
The lamp standards on the perimeter of this forecourt were presented to the citizens of London by the twelve great livery companies, 1985.

Unveiled in Wellington's presence, this is one of only a handful of statues in London unveiled while the subject was still alive. The others are listed at Fenner Brockway.

Site: Duke of Wellington statue - EC2 (1 memorial)

EC2, Threadneedle Street

The entrance to the underground here holds the first underground toilets, opened in 1854.

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