Guilded Statue of Queen Anne

Guilded Statue of Queen Anne, Kingston upon Thames: Address, Guilded Statue of Queen Anne Reviews: 4/5

Guilded Statue of Queen Anne

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Brian T
London, UK4,530 contributions
A fine and cute rare statue
Apr 2021
I’d wrongly assumed (like many others it seems) that this was a statue of Queen Victoria, with its portly appearance and the “I am not amused” look in the figure’s face, and hence gave it little regard because statues of Queen Victoria are a dime of dozen. It’s a statue of Queen Anne, and reasonably rare one at that. Queen Anne (1665 – 1714) was the last of the Stuarts, and the second daughter of James II and his first wife Ann Hyde. She was 37 years old when she became queen in 1702. The United Kingdom of Great Britain was created during her reign by the Union of England and Scotland.

I’m not sure what her connection with Kingston Upon Thames is, or indeed if there is any connection, but the gilded statue of Queen Anne is worth checking if you are in Kingston, not only because it’s a finely crafted and quite beautiful sculpture that’s over 310 years old, but because statues of Queen Anne are actually quite rare. There’s one in the forecourt of St Paul’s Cathedral, one in Queen Anne’s Gate in Westminster, one in Windsor and one in Blenheim Palace.

The statue was erected in 1706 during Queen Anne’s reign, and was crafted by leading English sculptor at the time, Francis Bird. He’s mainly remembered for his sculptures in St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. It was originally on an earlier Town Hall on this site; the current building it sits on is Victorian, dating from around 1840.

The statue overlooks the historic and Ancient Market Place in Kingston. You can’t miss her face as you explore the Market Place.

It’s one of a number of things you should see if you are in the neighbourhood. Check out the Clattern Bridge, the Coronation Stone, the beautiful All Saints Church, and the curious sculpture of the falling telephone boxes. The river walk, river views, and opportunities to eat and drink riverside, will add extra dimensions to your time in this lovely neighbourhood.
Written May 1, 2021
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TACOB0B
United States1,073 contributions
Elegant
Jul 2019 • Couples
This statue of Queen Anne was overlooking the market square. Pretty impressive, lots of detail. Quite unique and impressive.
Written July 30, 2019
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Scenic549628
2 contributions
Street Food Outlets
Jun 2019 • Couples
Near the gilded statue there is a number of street food outlets, well worth exploring at lunch time to experience a wealth of different foods
Written June 13, 2019
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Eric960
Twickenham, UK605 contributions
Rare statue in gold
Apr 2019 • Couples
Went on a guided tour of Kingston and was asked who we thought was the gold statue. We thought it was Queen Victoria, only to be told that it was Queen Anne who had 17 children, but not one survived.
Written April 15, 2019
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futtock21
London, UK11,062 contributions
Unique
Feb 2019 • Solo
Statues as opposed to portraits of Queen Anne are rare indeed. Attached as it now is to a building erected in 1838-40 one might be forgiven for wondering whether it is a statue of Queen Victoria. However it is of Queen Anne and dates from 1706 so commissioned during her reign as part of a restoration of what was then Kingston’s Town Hall. A mason Francis Bird was paid £47 18 shillings and sixpence for his labours. It was installed in the replacement building which served as the Town Hall until the completion of the Guildhall in 1935. It was reguilded in spectacular fashion in 1995.
Written February 19, 2019
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ShaunH290
London, UK1,549 contributions
Glorious statue on the Old Market House!
Nov 2018 • Couples
The gilded statue of Queen Anne cost £47.18.6d in about 1706. The current building was completed in 1840 and the statue was again sited on it.
Written December 1, 2018
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David D
Devon, UK11,543 contributions
Golden statue in ancient market place
Sep 2018 • Friends
Monday 17th September and we were out and about in Kingston and we visited the market place where this statue is situated. It stands graciously presiding over everything from the roof of the first floor of Market Square House, which was a former Town Hall

The sun was shining and the statue glistened in the sunlight, which made it look even more impressive.
Written September 20, 2018
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TechTraveller
Washington DC, DC266 contributions
Gilded statue
Jul 2018 • Couples
Although the attraction title made a minor spelling error, the attraction did correctly point out that the statue overlooking the Kingston market is Queen Anne (not Victoria). The market long predates Victoria.
Written August 8, 2018
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Sarah16072013
Aldershot, UK312 contributions
Nicely modernised area
Jun 2018 • Friends
Fresh looking now and attractive area, with seating and lots of food choices, excellent fruit market
Written July 6, 2018
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sheepygold
london4,789 contributions
Unusual and spectacular
Apr 2018
This is a really unusual and impressive statue for a provincial marketplace. I can only assume it has been reguilded recently as it looks amazing.
Written April 22, 2018
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