Bideford statue unveiled after facelift

The Mayor and Mayoress Simon and Lorraine Inch, with Bideford town councillors and Claire Scott, ass

The Mayor and Mayoress Simon and Lorraine Inch, with Bideford town councillors and Claire Scott, assistant to the town clerk in front of the Kingsley Statue. - Credit: Archant

The statue was given a deep clean and had two fingers and a quill replaced.

The Kingsley Statue.

The Kingsley Statue. - Credit: Archant

THE Kingsley statue in Bideford has been unveiled in all its glory after undergoing a restoration.

Bideford Town Council spent £2,500 replacing the loose fingers and broken quill on the statue of author Charles Kingsley at Bank End.

The statue was also given a deep clean to remove the green moss on in response to a presentment at Manor Court.

Simon Inch, mayor of Bideford, said he was very impressed by the make-over.


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“We’ll definitely try to keep the cleaning up more regularly,” he said.

“I think it should be cleaned every two-to-three years; it was very green beforehand.”

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The statue was first unveiled in 1906 and councillors estimated the last time it was cleaned was around 25 years ago.

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