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The Handley Testimonial

Henry Handley
Sleaford c. 1797 - Surrenden-Dering, Kent 1844
Member of Parliament for South Lincolnshire
John Thomas
1851

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Description

Monumental cross, of which we give the "brief description" from the Stamford Mercury of 28 June 1850:
In outline, the memorial bears some resemblance to those gems of mediaeval art tbe Waltham and Northampton erected by Edward I. to the memory of his beloved Queen Eleanor: in detail, however, the design very dissimilar, and claims much originality. The figure of Mr. Handley will be executed Caen stone, by Mr. Thomas, of London, and occupies a central position, at an elevation of 17 feet [5 m] from the ground, standing on a pedestal under groined arches, which support the superstructure. Up to the cornice above the figure of Mr. Handley, it is rectangular in form, with a buttress at each angle; the next course is octagonal, with canopied niches on each face, ornamented with richly-carved crockets, containing appropriate figures; and above the cornice which terminates this course, it again returns to the square, placed on the angle, each face having figures on pedestals under canopied niches something like the lower portion. A battlemented cornice, with the ball flower in moulding; and the whole is terminated in crocketed spire empannelled with richly flowing tracery. The design is of middle pointed character, about Edw. 1st and 2nd's time. The entire height will about 70 feet [21½ m]; and the architect, as we have before stated, is Mr. Boyle, of London, who intends, we believe, to have it lithographed.

Six statues on the hexagonal second course:

  1. King with crown and sceptre, on banderole "VR"
  2. Woman with cloth
  3. Man with sword
  4. Woman with garland of oak leaves
  5. Man with spade
  6. Man with oars of wheat
  7. Man with book
  8. Man with ax

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Four statues on the square third course:

  1. Woman with cross and book
  2. Woman with sword
  3. Woman with scales and sword
  4. Woman with folded hands

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Inscription(s)

On banderoles
HENRY HANDLEY
MDCCCL

Annotation

The first stone of the monument is designed by William Boyle, was laid on 25 June 1850 and it was unveiled 21 April 1851.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Handley, Henry
  • Man with ax
  • Man with shovel
  • Man with sword
  • Politician
  • Statue
  • Thomas, John
  • Woman with cross
  • Woman with scales
  • Woman with sword
  • Locatie (N 52°59'47" - W 0°24'31")

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