All of my life this beloved Statue of Queen Victoria's Husband, Prince Albert has stood proudly looking over us at the opening of the Albert Pier that stretches out in to the sea in the St. Peter Port harbor, the Capital of Guernsey
He has always been this lovely green patina from the bronze he is made out of oxidizing
So it was a pleasant surprise to see that He has been cleaned after all those years ..I don't know if he has ever been cleaned before ..not in my life time .
Prince Albert's statue was put up in front of the Town Church in 1863
The bronze statue has now been repatinated with hot and cold wax.
The statue had turned green as the metal oxidised, but the work has returned him to a bronze colour.
Albert's Statue is now in the middle of a mini roundabout with the busy traffic going around it .
Joseph Durham also made the exact same Statue of Prince Albert and it was placed on top of a plinth in front of the famous Albert Hall ...a Concert Hall in London, UK.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Guernsey in the Channel Islands in September 1846.
As you can see Guernsey is a very beautiful island
With many beaches and the cliff walks are breath taking
I miss the sea with all of it's colors and moods
A wonderful island to grow up in
Monument to Prince Albert was made by
Joseph Durham (1814-1877)
It is made from Bronze on a granite pedestal
Overlooking the harbour, St Peter Port, Guernsey
The base is inscribed, "J. DURHAM SC 1863 LONDON."
Originally known as Sancti Petri de Portu, many regard the Town Church as the Cathedral Church and the finest in the Channel Islands. The first mention of the Church in official documents was in 1048 when it is thought to have been given to the Abbot of Marmoutier by William of Normandy. It is likely that the original building was made of wood. The current building was built over a 200 year period with the chancel completed in the 12th century and the chapel added in 1462. The church was completed in 1475. However restoration work was carried out to the spire in 1721. The bells were recast in 1736 and in 1913. The clock was installed in 1781. Up until 1886, the rows of pews went in various directions and at that time some re-alignment was undertaken.
Hope you enjoyed seeing Prince Albert's makeover
And the brief history of St. Peter Ports beautiful Town Church
Guernsey is steeped in History
A fascinating island
Prince Albert on his Statue is wearing the Order of the Garter costume.
Thanks for popping by
I enjoyed telling you about Prince Albert and my Island home