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King William III

Den Haag 1650 - Hampton Court 1702
Stadhouder and king of England
(Wikipedia)
Peter Scheemakers
1734

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Description

Gilt equestrian statue of King William III in the costume of a Roman Emperor. The statue is know as "King Billy".

It was mentioned in the of 10 December 1734 as: "A curious Equestrian Statue of King William III done by the famous Statury Mr. Scheemaker, has been lately set up at the Town of Kingston Upon Hull in Yorkshire."

There are several myths concerning the statue. The first is that Scheemaker committed suicide when he realised that he had forgotten the stirups but in fact as he is depicted as a Roman they didn't have stirrups at the time. It is also said that when the clock of Holy Trinity strikes midnight King Billy gets off his horse and goes for a drink in the nearby pub. It is also said that when it strikes thirteen the horse also get down for a pint! (150 Facts about Hull).

Inscription(s)

THIS STATUE
was Erected in the Year
MDCCXXXIV
To the Memory of
KING WILLIAM The Third
OUR GREAT DELIVERER.

King William III
(by Peter Scheemaker)
Erected by Subscription in 1734.
Removed for Safety to Houghton Hall, East Yorkshire,
during the Second World War.
Replacedd by the Corporation in 1949
with the generous help of
Wm. Broady, Coppersmith, of this City.
Alderman J. Henson, J.P.
Lord Mayor.
W. Morris, O.B.E., M.I.C.E.,
City Engineer.
E.H. Bullock,
Town Clerk
This statue was refurbished by Hull City Council
with the assistance of public donations and a grant
from English Heritage end re-erected on the 5th March 1989
Ceremony performed by
Councillor Mrs. M. Smelt
Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull
Dr. A. Peper
Burgomaster of Rotterdam
Councillor J. Stanley J.P.
Chairman Technical Services Committee
A.B. Wood
Town Clerk and Chief Executive.
J.M. Deeming,
City Engineer.

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