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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Lady Anne Clifford

Photo: © Frank Gordon

Sculptor: Diane Lawrenson

Founder: Powderhall Bronze

Materials: Bronze

Unveiled: 24 September 2020

Lady Anne Clifford

Lady Anne Clifford, Countess of Dorset, Pembroke and Montgomery, suo jure 14th Baroness de Clifford (1590–1676), the last member of an important medieval dynasty, she fought for 40 years to inherit her father’s estates. She was responsible for the restoration of a series of castles from Skipton to Brougham, near Penrith. A patron of literature, she provided schools, churches and alms houses. The sculpture entitled Lady Anne’s Way shows her walking along with characteristic energy, it is sited on the route of the long distance path of the same name through old Westmorland and Yorkshire. Rooted in history, the sculptor feels the statue is significant for local people, who are concerned about their loss of identity. Many Kirkby Stephen inhabitants descend from ancient Westmorland families, who have lived in the area for generations.

Location: Upper Eden Visitor Centre, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria (formerly Westmorland).