Prince of Orange statue, Brixham

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Prince of Orange statue
William, Prince of Orange at Brixham - geograph.org.uk - 1506799.jpg
The south-west face of the statue
Prince of Orange statue, Brixham is located in Devon
Prince of Orange statue, Brixham
Location within Devon
Coordinates50°23′46″N 3°30′46″W / 50.396073°N 3.512722°W / 50.396073; -3.512722Coordinates: 50°23′46″N 3°30′46″W / 50.396073°N 3.512722°W / 50.396073; -3.512722
LocationThe Strand, Lower Brixham
DesignerW & T Wills of London
TypeStatue
MaterialWhite marble and granite
Beginning date1888
Completion date1889
Dedicated date5th November 1889
Dedicated toWilliam of Orange

The Brixham Prince of Orange Statue is a monument commemorating the landing of William of Orange (later to become King William III of England) and his army at the town on the 5th of November 1688. The monument has been a Grade II Listed Building since 1949.[1][2]

Description[edit]

The monument consists of a white marble statue on a granite pedestal and plinth. The statue is a figure of William Prince of Orange. On the south-west face of the pedestal (facing away from the harbour) the incised inscription reads:

WILLIAM PRINCE OF ORANGE, AFTERWARDS WILLIAM III, KING OF GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND, LANDED NEAR THIS SPOT 5TH NOVEMBER 1688 AND ISSUED HIS FAMOUS DECLARATION "THE LIBERTIES OF ENGLAND AND THE PROTESTANT RELIGION I WILL MAINTAIN".

On the south-east face the inscription reads:

ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION AND DEDICATED TO THE TOWN OF BRIXHAM. FOUNDATION STONE LAID 5TH NOVBR 1888, BY HIS EXCELLENCY COUNT DE BYLANDT. UNVEILED 5TH NOVEMBER 1889.

On the north-west face is the inscription:

ENGELANDS VRIJHEID DOOR ORANJE HERSTELD.

The statue was originally surrounded by an iron railing, but this no longer exists.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Historic England. "PRINCE OF ORANGE STATUE  (Grade II) (1291780)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  2. ^ "William Orange Statue Brixham". www.devonguide.com. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Town's Orange statue goes Dutch". BBC. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  4. ^ Stuff, Good. "Prince of Orange Statue, Brixham, Torbay". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 31 December 2018.