Historic Bolton statue of King Edward VII will finally go on public display again

Graham Edge, transport manager, attends to the statue of King Edward VII

The statue of King Edward VII loaded on to a pallet ready for transportation

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

AN historic statue of King Edward VII gave one last royal wave to Bolton as it headed north to its new home at an outdoor museum.

The 104-year-old statue used to stand outside the former Bolton Royal Infirmary in Chorley New Road, but was removed when the hospital was demolished in 1998.

Since then, the ornate piece of masonry has lay gathering coal dust in a maintenance yard at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

Campaigners from the Bolton Nurses League had unsuccessfully fought to have the statue reinstated at the entrance to Queens Park or at the Royal Bolton.

Now, it is on its way to the Beamish Open Air Museum in County Durham where it will be restored.

Former nurse Michael Wyatt, a member of the Bolton Nurses’ League, said he was “over the moon” the statue was being rescued.

Mr Wyatt, aged 69, of Whitefield, said: “We are thrilled and excited that a solution has finally been found where the statue can be saved and restored.

“Ideally we would have liked to have seen it restored at the Royal Bolton but nevertheless we are over the moon that it will be recognised for the piece of art it is. It has been covered in coal dust for too long and I’m sure many people will enjoy it at Beamish.”

The lifesize statue was installed at the infirmary’s nursing home more than 100 years ago to commemorate a visit by the King.

Funded by the Bolton Nurses League, the statue was moved by Darcy Lever haulage firm, Alan Hyndle Transport Limited, yesterday.

Graham Edge, transport manager at the firm, said: “It’s definitely one of the more unusual items we’ve moved but we were happy to help.”

Kate Reeder, head of social history and collections management at Beamish, said: “We would always prefer items to be kept in their community but when that is not possible we are keen to help. We are hoping to use the statue in our Edwardian town. We thought it would make a nice feature to include among the buildings in the exhibit.”

The statue will be restored with the help of a £10.75 million Heritage Lottery Grant.

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10:03am Wed 4 Jun 14

rostron says...

Is it impossible for Bolton to hold on to anything from our history ? What next Town Hall ?
Is it impossible for Bolton to hold on to anything from our history ? What next Town Hall ? rostron
  • Score: 8

10:30am Wed 4 Jun 14

filthy6 says...

Surely they could have put it in Queens Park - they spent a fortune on doing the park up & the statue could have fitted in somewhere
Surely they could have put it in Queens Park - they spent a fortune on doing the park up & the statue could have fitted in somewhere filthy6
  • Score: 10

10:47am Wed 4 Jun 14

MrUpton says...

£10.75 million Heritage Lottery Grant. ????

Ill charge £300 for my jetwash !
£10.75 million Heritage Lottery Grant. ???? Ill charge £300 for my jetwash ! MrUpton
  • Score: 5

10:51am Wed 4 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

Agreed with all the comments. I can't believe we couldn't find a place for another statue in Bolton. Bolton does not like it's own history. It's on a mission to whitewash the past.
Agreed with all the comments. I can't believe we couldn't find a place for another statue in Bolton. Bolton does not like it's own history. It's on a mission to whitewash the past. Ernagy2
  • Score: 4

11:16am Wed 4 Jun 14

sallyupsteps says...

Yet another bit of our heritage out of the window. I used to have a sense of civic pride in my town, now it's shame. Shame on the council and shame on people of Bolton for letting it happen. For too long we have ignored the filthy habits of spitting, foul language and unruly kids doing what they want as feckless parents standby. We only have ourselves to blame for putting up with
this. So, folks, tackle the problem and reclaim our town and harass the officials, hopefully they will get the message that its our town not their's. They are paid officers not little dictators. The council will only be happy when ALL our heritage has been replaced by foreign cultures.
Yet another bit of our heritage out of the window. I used to have a sense of civic pride in my town, now it's shame. Shame on the council and shame on people of Bolton for letting it happen. For too long we have ignored the filthy habits of spitting, foul language and unruly kids doing what they want as feckless parents standby. We only have ourselves to blame for putting up with this. So, folks, tackle the problem and reclaim our town and harass the officials, hopefully they will get the message that its our town not their's. They are paid officers not little dictators. The council will only be happy when ALL our heritage has been replaced by foreign cultures. sallyupsteps
  • Score: 7

4:49pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Valiant One says...

It doesn't sound like this statue was ever owned by Bolton Council. There would have been outrage in these columns had the Council bought it and had it restored at public expense
It doesn't sound like this statue was ever owned by Bolton Council. There would have been outrage in these columns had the Council bought it and had it restored at public expense Valiant One
  • Score: -1

6:35pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

Valiant One wrote:
It doesn't sound like this statue was ever owned by Bolton Council. There would have been outrage in these columns had the Council bought it and had it restored at public expense
It was owned by Bolton Royal Infirmary. It belonged to Bolton, now it's been given away.
[quote][p][bold]Valiant One[/bold] wrote: It doesn't sound like this statue was ever owned by Bolton Council. There would have been outrage in these columns had the Council bought it and had it restored at public expense[/p][/quote]It was owned by Bolton Royal Infirmary. It belonged to Bolton, now it's been given away. Ernagy2
  • Score: 0

3:30pm Thu 5 Jun 14

bleedingobvious says...

Typical BMC incapability.
Typical BMC incapability. bleedingobvious
  • Score: 0

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