Queen Victoria statue sparks royal row in Blackburn

MAJESTIC The statue on the Boulevard

MAJESTIC The statue on the Boulevard

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Local government reporter

CONTROVERSY is growing over the future home of Blackburn’s iconic Queen Victoria statue when the £28 million Cathedral Quarter is complete in 2015.

Borough regeneration boss Dave Harling has promised to look at a variety of sites after a suggestion the 108-year-old landmark should be relocated to the gates of Corporation Park.

Church authorities want to move it within their new scheme while Tory planning spokesman Alan Cottam is determined it should stay on the Boulevard opposite the railway station.

Blackburn, Darwen and Rural Civic Voice Secretary Simon Hugill wants Queen Victoria kept in a prominent place in the town centre and not hidden in the new development.

Former Blackburn Drama Club secretary Eric Nolan has now revealed the main entrance to Corporation Park was the original choice of those behind the statue.

The 70-year-old was a director of James Hargreaves and Sons Ltd wholesale tobacconists and confectioners whose founder was the moving spirit behind commemorating Britain’s longest reigning monarch after her death in 1901.

He said: “James Hargreaves proposed Corporation Park as the original site and I think that this might now be a more suitable site rather than her being lost and out of place in a modern Cathedral Quarter Development.

“The classic entrance would perfectly match the grandeur of the statue of our great queen.”

Coun Cottam said: “I think Queen Victoria should stay where she is, where everybody knows where to find her.

“Moving her is a waste of money.”

Cathedral Canon Andrew Hindley said: "The statue of Queen Victoria is an important part of Blackburn's cultural heritage and we intend to ensure it is preserved as part of the Cathedral development work.

“There is a proposed position for the statue a few yards from its current site.”

Coun Harling said: “I am open to all options people propose.

“We will look at them carefully but want to ensure the new position is suitable for her dignity.”

Mr Hugill said: “I think the statue should stay in the centre of Blackburn which is a classic Victorian mill town.

“Giving her a prominent place in the new Cathedral Quarter would combine the history of Blackburn with the new development of the centre in a fitting manner.”

Comments (16)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:38pm Thu 3 Jan 13

paperboy70 says...

It's a blinking statue of a dead monarch... in the scheme of things does it really matter where it goes. Get a grip and stop arguing about it.
It's a blinking statue of a dead monarch... in the scheme of things does it really matter where it goes. Get a grip and stop arguing about it. paperboy70
  • Score: 0

4:53pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Izanears says...

My personal opinion is that all statues should have a shelf life. Why on earth should some long dead royal, general, politician, industrialist, philantrophist etc
still be on show today.
My personal opinion is that all statues should have a shelf life. Why on earth should some long dead royal, general, politician, industrialist, philantrophist etc still be on show today. Izanears
  • Score: 0

6:18pm Thu 3 Jan 13

volvowoman says...

leave her where she is and history does not have a shelf life. This statue and others like it represent an iconic part of the history of this country. Have we lost all respect for those gone before us??
leave her where she is and history does not have a shelf life. This statue and others like it represent an iconic part of the history of this country. Have we lost all respect for those gone before us?? volvowoman
  • Score: 0

7:12pm Thu 3 Jan 13

ste.g says...

haven't the Councillors balls the town up enough.leave it alone it hasn't done any harm where it is all these years
haven't the Councillors balls the town up enough.leave it alone it hasn't done any harm where it is all these years ste.g
  • Score: 0

7:13pm Thu 3 Jan 13

ste.g says...

paperboy70 wrote:
It's a blinking statue of a dead monarch... in the scheme of things does it really matter where it goes. Get a grip and stop arguing about it.
exactly so just leave it here it is
[quote][p][bold]paperboy70[/bold] wrote: It's a blinking statue of a dead monarch... in the scheme of things does it really matter where it goes. Get a grip and stop arguing about it.[/p][/quote]exactly so just leave it here it is ste.g
  • Score: 0

7:32pm Thu 3 Jan 13

halfhearted says...

It would appear the Church has more power than the Council.
Lets be having some answers,who owns the land ?
If its the town,tell the Church to go swivel,it wasn't too long ago they were scrounging in order to have work done on the Cathedral.
It would appear the Church has more power than the Council. Lets be having some answers,who owns the land ? If its the town,tell the Church to go swivel,it wasn't too long ago they were scrounging in order to have work done on the Cathedral. halfhearted
  • Score: 0

7:48pm Thu 3 Jan 13

cathedral citi says...

The statue is the most imposing of all statues in the borough. To place it in corporation park will render it a forgotten historic piece of art, and will succumb to graffiti and vandalism, without a doubt.

with a little bit of imagination, the statue could become a centrepoint in the redeveloped cathedral quarter. Once the boulevard side is complete, the statue could be placed in the centre of the new and aptly named 'Victoria square' on its plinth amidst a fountain.

the new cathedral cloister could be named the 'cathedral square.'

so, there you have it. TWO new Squares in Blackburn.

Surely, something to ponder over, councillors?
The statue is the most imposing of all statues in the borough. To place it in corporation park will render it a forgotten historic piece of art, and will succumb to graffiti and vandalism, without a doubt. with a little bit of imagination, the statue could become a centrepoint in the redeveloped cathedral quarter. Once the boulevard side is complete, the statue could be placed in the centre of the new and aptly named 'Victoria square' on its plinth amidst a fountain. the new cathedral cloister could be named the 'cathedral square.' so, there you have it. TWO new Squares in Blackburn. Surely, something to ponder over, councillors? cathedral citi
  • Score: 0

8:14pm Thu 3 Jan 13

lemnats says...

They could always treat it the same way as the infirmary make a lot of noise and then bulldoze it down, with the excuse it had got dusty with all the building work.
They could always treat it the same way as the infirmary make a lot of noise and then bulldoze it down, with the excuse it had got dusty with all the building work. lemnats
  • Score: 0

10:01pm Thu 3 Jan 13

phil kernot says...

halfhearted wrote:
It would appear the Church has more power than the Council.
Lets be having some answers,who owns the land ?
If its the town,tell the Church to go swivel,it wasn't too long ago they were scrounging in order to have work done on the Cathedral.
It's owned by the church but as long as there making loads a money out of the land to buy more jewels and precious things for the church , thay don't give a dam about people going to church or helping the homeless , just lining the pockets of who have shares in there business , (looks like the church has sold its morals to the devil
[quote][p][bold]halfhearted[/bold] wrote: It would appear the Church has more power than the Council. Lets be having some answers,who owns the land ? If its the town,tell the Church to go swivel,it wasn't too long ago they were scrounging in order to have work done on the Cathedral.[/p][/quote]It's owned by the church but as long as there making loads a money out of the land to buy more jewels and precious things for the church , thay don't give a dam about people going to church or helping the homeless , just lining the pockets of who have shares in there business , (looks like the church has sold its morals to the devil phil kernot
  • Score: 0

10:03pm Thu 3 Jan 13

phil kernot says...

The church has sold its soul to the devil for money showing there true colours now
The church has sold its soul to the devil for money showing there true colours now phil kernot
  • Score: 0

12:21am Fri 4 Jan 13

noddy57 says...

would you move the statue of liberty from its imposing place ?, then why move the vic from its present place, stop coming up with money wasting no brainers,
would you move the statue of liberty from its imposing place ?, then why move the vic from its present place, stop coming up with money wasting no brainers, noddy57
  • Score: 0

12:33am Fri 4 Jan 13

chrisi70 says...

leave her be , many met up under her , her or spiral and spiral already gone , she will only get vandalised up corpy
leave her be , many met up under her , her or spiral and spiral already gone , she will only get vandalised up corpy chrisi70
  • Score: 0

4:06am Fri 4 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

See how much the scrappy will give you
See how much the scrappy will give you 2 for 5p
  • Score: 0

8:29pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Carl_24 says...

"relocated to the gates of Corporation Park" oh goodie so the ethnic minority of that area can destroy it just like they did with Flora and conservatory.
And before you all jump on my back saying "your being racist" no I am not I'm only saying the truth if they move the Queen Victoria statue to that area it won't be long before it get's vandalized.
"relocated to the gates of Corporation Park" oh goodie so the ethnic minority of that area can destroy it just like they did with Flora and conservatory. And before you all jump on my back saying "your being racist" no I am not I'm only saying the truth if they move the Queen Victoria statue to that area it won't be long before it get's vandalized. Carl_24
  • Score: 0

8:50pm Fri 4 Jan 13

sen c ble says...

Carl_24 wrote:
"relocated to the gates of Corporation Park" oh goodie so the ethnic minority of that area can destroy it just like they did with Flora and conservatory.
And before you all jump on my back saying "your being racist" no I am not I'm only saying the truth if they move the Queen Victoria statue to that area it won't be long before it get's vandalized.
No not racist an idiot. It could may well be rather than the asians your mates lunatics, will have a better shot just as they did with the Darwen tower and the cross burning at Holy Trinity.

'Ethnic minority'! No longer in the 70's you twit.
[quote][p][bold]Carl_24[/bold] wrote: "relocated to the gates of Corporation Park" oh goodie so the ethnic minority of that area can destroy it just like they did with Flora and conservatory. And before you all jump on my back saying "your being racist" no I am not I'm only saying the truth if they move the Queen Victoria statue to that area it won't be long before it get's vandalized.[/p][/quote]No not racist an idiot. It could may well be rather than the asians your mates lunatics, will have a better shot just as they did with the Darwen tower and the cross burning at Holy Trinity. 'Ethnic minority'! No longer in the 70's you twit. sen c ble
  • Score: 0

12:45pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Phil Simpson says...

What is with our local council's obsession with moving statues.

Our democratically elected councillors preside over a deprived borough. As a result, surely there are more worthy causes for the coffers which are maintained by our council taxes.
What is with our local council's obsession with moving statues. Our democratically elected councillors preside over a deprived borough. As a result, surely there are more worthy causes for the coffers which are maintained by our council taxes. Phil Simpson
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree