IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Hull City Council offers TLC to Victorian lamps on King Billy’s statue

websiteFour ornamental lamps dating from the late 1800s have disappeared from Hull’s oldest public statue, Hull live writes, but it explains that the good news is that they haven’t been stolen – instead, they’re just undergoing some much-needed ‘TLC’.

Hull live writes:
The dramatic sculpture of King William III sat astride a horse was erected in Market Place in 1734. It was paid for by public subscription and cost £785 – the equivalent of £150,000 in today’s money. The statue was gilded just over 30 years later and the cast iron globe lamps were added in the late 19th century along with a drinking fountain and an underground toilet.

Made by Hull firm King and Peach, the cast iron lamps normally stand on separate stone plinths flanking the statue. Now all that can be seen on each plinth is a blue plastic bag covered in Duck Tape. Hull Live understands the lamps have recently been removed by Hull City Council for restoration work. Along with the statue, they are one of only a handful of structures in Hull protected with Grade I listed building status by Historic England.

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