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Description: Queen's Cross, Queen Victoria Statue
Date Listed: 12 January 1967
Historic Scotland Building ID: 20011
OS Grid Coordinates: 392417, 805806
Latitude/Longitude: 57.1431, -2.1269
Statue: C B Birch, ARA; plinth: Messrs Alexander Macdonald & Co.; 1893. Square-plan polished pink granite plinth reading "VICTORIA RI", surmounted by bronze statue of Queen Victoria holding a sceptre and orb.
This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.References:
"he New Statue of the Queen for Aberdeen", ABERDEEN JOURNAL, 10 November 1893; A I McConnochie, 50 VIEWS OF THE GRANITE CITY, (c. 1900), p10; W D Chapman & C F Riley, GRANITE CITY: A PLAN FOR ABERDEEN, (1952), p149; Aberdeen City Library, CUTTINGS FROM VARIOUS NEWSPAPERS; H Lyall, VANISHING ABERDEEN, (1988), p43; W A Brogden, ABERDEEN: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE, (2nd Edition: 1998), p138.
The statue of Queen Victoria at Queen's Cross, marks the beginning of Aberdeen's West End. The statue itself was originally located on St Nicolas Street, and was moved to its present location in 1964 (when what is now Marks and Spencer was built). The statue replaced a Brodie marble of 1866 (now within the Town House). It was erected by the Royal Tradesmen of the city to commemorate Her Majesty's Jubilee. The statue was originally to have been marble, sculpted by Pittendreigh Macgillivray, ARSA, however this plan was not executed. Granite was the next possibility, but the statue was considered too small and delicate for this material. Finally a bronze was ordered from C B Birch, ARA, who had produced a marble statue of Queen Victoria for the Maharajah of Oodypore.
Source: Historic Scotland
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