Statue of Queen Anne, Minehead

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Statue of Queen Anne
Queen Anne Statue in the Evening Light (geograph 4673067).jpg
LocationMinehead, Somerset, England
Coordinates51°12′19″N 3°28′44″W / 51.2053°N 3.479°W / 51.2053; -3.479Coordinates: 51°12′19″N 3°28′44″W / 51.2053°N 3.479°W / 51.2053; -3.479
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name: Statue of Queen Anne
Designated4 July 1952[1]
Reference no.1207015
Statue of Queen Anne, Minehead is located in Somerset
Statue of Queen Anne, Minehead
Location of Statue of Queen Anne in Somerset

The Statue of Queen Anne in Minehead, Somerset, England was built in 1719. It is a Grade II* listed building.[1]


The statue depicts Queen Anne in full court dress.[1] It was designed by Francis Bird, who had previously made a sculpture of the queen for St Paul's Cathedral,[2] after a commission by Sir Jacob Bancks the local member of parliament for Minehead.[3] Statues of the queen were a "fashionable ornament" during her reign.[4]

It was removed from its original site in St Michael's Church during restoration work in 1880. It was to have been placed in the town hall, but following a public subscription for the canopy it was re-erected at its current site in 1893.[5][6]


The statue is made of alabaster. The pedestal and canopy which were added by H Dare Bryan in 1893 are of Carrara marble. Above the statue is a dentilled pediment and cornice [1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Statue of Queen Anne". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  2. ^ Van Hensbergen, Claudine (2014). "Carving a Legacy: Public Sculpture of Queen Anne, c.1704-1712" (PDF). Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies. 37 (2): 229–244. doi:10.1111/1754-0208.12154.
  3. ^ Byford, Enid (1987). Somerset Curiosities. Dovecote Press. p. 45. ISBN 978-0946159482.
  4. ^ Smith, Nicola (2017). Revival: The Royal Image and the English People (2001). Routledge. ISBN 9781351766074.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Statue of Queen Anne (391272)". Images of England. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Queen Anne". Vads. Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. Retrieved 8 October 2017.