crest

Victoria and Albert are back in Pride of Place in Halifax Town Hall, 9 Sept 2008
 

Victoria and Albert sculptures are back on show

The marble busts of Victoria and Albert, Albert Edward and Alexandra The four marble busts, from the left:
Alexandra, Edward, Albert and Victoria
Photo: Jim Fitton, Halifax Evening Courier

Four marble sculptures of Queen Victoria and her family that were stored for over 50 years are put back on display.

The marble busts of the Queen, her husband Prince Albert, their son Albert Edward and his wife Alexandra were stored in the basement
of Halifax Town Hall when it was redecorated in 1954.

Now, after 50 years in storage, the busts have been caringly restored and returned to their rightful place, large as life in the Victoria Hall.

In 1863 the Mayor of Halifax, Alderman John Crossley, presented three of the busts to the people of Halifax to commemorate the opening
of the town hall by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, who became Edward VII.

The following year Alderman William Holdsworth presented the bust of Prince Albert.

Andrew Barraclough Andrew Barraclough
who restored the four statues
Photo: Jim Fitton, Halifax Evening Courier

Direct descendants of the two mayors took part in the official unveiling on September 6.

Alderman Crossley was represented by Ben Crossley who unveiled Albert Edward and Alderman Holdsworth was represented by family
member Miss Ingrid Holdsworth, who unveiled Prince Albert.

The Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr. Ingrid Roscoe, unveiled Queen Victoria and the Mayor of Calderdale, Conrad Winterburn, unveiled Princess Alexandra.

Mr Crossley, of Cumbria, the great-great-great grandson of Alderman John Crossley who was mayor in 1862-3 said:
"I am very proud I have been asked to take part in the event. It is great to represent the family and its history."
"I am humbled to have unveiled one of these marvellous busts and proud to be the relative of a mayor who did so much good for the town."

Mr Crossley, governor of Crossley Heath School which his ancestors set up, added:
"When you look back and see what they did, it can make one question your own achievements, but really it just makes you happy."

Miss Holdsworth, who still lives in Halifax, said:
"It is a great honour and privilege to be invited to do such a thing, and really gives one a sense of history. The family is still very much based in Halifax and this is a very proud moment"

The statues, created by eminent sculptor Marshall Wood, and which had become badly discoloured over the years were painstakingly restored by Andrew Barraclough of Southowram.

The busts are now on permanent display in the Victoria Hall of the Halifax Town Hall from September 13, 2008.

With acknowledgement for narrative contributions from Colin Drury and photographic material from Jim Fitton at The Halifax Evening Courier, 27 Aug, and 9 Sep 2008, and photographs and event brochure from Karen Burton at Calderdale MBC.


From the Photograph Album

Statue of Prince Albert in Pride of Place in Halifax Town Hall, 9 Sept 2008
Statue of Prince Albert

in Halifax Town Hall

Statue of Queen Victoria in Pride of Place in Halifax Town Hall, 9 Sept 2008
Statue of Queen Victoria

in Halifax Town Hall

Statue of Prince Albert Edward in Pride of Place in Halifax Town Hall, 9 Sept 2008
Statue of Prince Albert Edward

in Halifax Town Hall

Statue of Princess Alexandra in Pride of Place in Halifax Town Hall, 9 Sept 2008
Statue of Princess Alexandra

in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008

Dr Ingrid Roscoe unveiling Queen Victoria in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008
Dr Ingrid Roscoe unveiling Queen Victoria

in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008

Miss Ingrid Holdsworth unveiling Prince Albert in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008
Miss Ingrid Holdsworth unveiling Prince Albert

in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008

Ben Crossley unveiling Albert Edward in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008
Ben Crossley unveiling Albert Edward

in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008

Councillor Conrad Winterburn unveiling Princess Alexandra in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008
Councillor Conrad Winterburn unveiling Princess Alexandra

in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008

receiving momento in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008
Dr. Ingrid Roscoe

receiving a momento from
The mayor of Calderdale, Cllr. Conrad Winterburn
in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008

receiving momento in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008
Miss Ingrid Holdsworth

receiving a momento from
The mayor of Calderdale, Cllr. Conrad Winterburn
in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008

receiving momento in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008
Ben Crossley

receiving a momento from
The mayor of Calderdale, Cllr. Conrad Winterburn
in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008

receiving momento in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008
Andrew Barraclough
who carried out the restoration
receiving a momento from
The mayor of Calderdale, Cllr. Conrad Winterburn
in Halifax Town Hall, 6 Sept 2008

© 2018 David W. Holdsworth  
contact

Please send questions, updates, additions to:
Middle Pasture, Halifax, HX3 0AG, UK
Tel: +44 1422 322500