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Four statues on the Clocktower


(Wikipedia)
Samuel Barfield
1868

Leicester /  Four statues on the Clocktower   Leicester /  Four statues on the Clocktower

Description

Four statues in Portland stone of each of the benefactors stands at each corner, on the sides the coats of arms of those four men.

Leicester - Four statues on the Clocktower
1. Simon de Montfort
Leicester - Four statues on the Clocktower
2. William Wyggeston
Leicester - Four statues on the Clocktower
3. Sir Thomas White
Leicester - Four statues on the Clocktower
4. Alderman Gabriel Newton

The four benefactors are:

  1. SIMON DE MONTFORT / EARL OF LEICESTER.
    Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester (ca. 1208-1265) (Wikipedia).
  2. WILLIAM WIGSTON / 1500.
    William Wyggeston (1456-1536), wool merchant. Mayor of Leicester (1499 and 1510), and MP for Leicester in 1504 (Wikipedia).
  3. SIR THOMAS WHITE / 1546.
    Sir Thomas White (1492-1567), cloth merchant, Lord Mayor of London and the founder of St John's College, Oxford in 1555. The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity was founded in 1542 and is still extant. It gives interest-free loans to aspiring businesspeople in Leicestershire and Rutland (Wikipedia).
  4. ALDN GABRIEL NEWTON / 1780.
    Alderman Gabriel Newton (1683-1762), mayor of Leicester in 1732 (Wikipedia).

Inscription(s)

ERECTED
by
public subscription,
aided
by the corporation of
this borough,
a.d. 1868,
in memory of
four benefactors of
Leicester

t.w. hodges mayo[r]
s. stone, town cle[rk]
j. allen ...
j. burto[n, secretar]y
of the subscribers' committee
goddard    [s] barfield

Sculptor

Sources & Information

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Locatie (N 52°38'10" - W 1°7'59")

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