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Sir Walter Raleigh statue Sir Walter Raleigh statue

Statue: Sir Walter Raleigh statue

Erection date: 28/10/1959


{On the front of the stone plinth:}
Sir Walter Raleigh, 1552 - 1618

{On the right side of the base of the statue:}
W McMillan 

This statue was erected in commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the foundation of the Commonwealth of Virginia, which Raleigh opened up for colonisation by the British.

Site: Sir Walter Raleigh statue (1 memorial)

SE10, King William Walk, Discover Greenwich

Amazing how quickly the weather changed as we moved in to get our close-up shot.

A 1958 debate in the House of Commons records that the statue was originally destined to be erected in front of the National Gallery (replacing James II who was to be moved to be somewhere near Lord Clive).  But this British Pathe clip (thanks again Jamie) shows the statue being unveiled in 1959 on Raleigh Green Whitehall, close to Old Palace Yard where he was beheaded.  As the other statues arrived (Slim, Alanbrooke and Montgomery) Raleigh's relative lack of height became a problem so in October 2001 he was moved to this site in Greenwich and unveiled on 20 December.

The original location would have put Raleigh close to George Washington, given to Britain by .... the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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Sir Walter Raleigh

Courtier, explorer, author and puddle-coverer.  Born Devon.  Became a favouri...

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William McMillan

Born Aberdeen, Scotland. During the WW1 he was awarded the British and Victor...

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