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Kitty Wilkinson

Photo: Simon Smith with the Statue of Kitty Wilkinson;  photo credit: Simon Smith

Sculptor: Simon Smith

Materials: Marble

Unveiled: 20 September 2012 by Wilkinson's great, great, great niece, Rev Elizabeth Storey.

Kitty Wilkinson

Kitty (Catherine) Wilkinson (1786–1860) was an Irish migrant, known as the ‘The Saint of the Slums’, because she helped save the lives of many during the cholera epidemic of 1832 by inviting them to wash infected clothing and bedding in her domestic boiler. Ten years later with public funds raised through her efforts, a combined washhouse and public baths was opened in Frederick Street, Liverpool. This was the first public washhouse in the United Kingdom and she was appointed the first warden. Her statue was unveiled 2012 in St George’s Hall, Liverpool.  It was the first sculpture of a woman to be installed there.

Location: St George's Hall, Liverpool.

Amy Winehouse

Photo: Neil Crump, Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: Scott Eaton (b.1973)

Materials: Bronze

Unveiled: 14 September 2014

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse (1983-2011), singer and songwriter, who won the award for best British Female Solo Artist at the BRIT Awards 2007 and two Ivor Novello Awards. She was the first British woman to win five Grammys. Her statue in bronze features her characteristic beehive hairdo.

Location: Stables Market, Camden Town, London NW1.

Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy

Photo: Wildasyoulike, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: Hazel Reeves

Founder: Bronze Age Sculpture Casting Foundry

Materials: Silicon bronze

Dimensions: h. 1.5m.

Unveiled: on International Women's Day, 8 March 2022 by Baroness Hale of Richmond

Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy

Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy (1839-1918)  a campaigner for social, political and legal equality, she championed women’s, children’s and human rights, and was  an influential figure in the women’s suffrage movement.  Her name and image represent one of 58 sufffragists on the plinth of Gillian Wearing’s statue of Millicent Fawcett in Parliament Square, London. A passionate  lobbyist she gave speeches, took part in marches and created 1600 petitions. Suffragette leader, Emmeline Pankhurst called her ‘the brains of the suffrage movement’, while reflecting Wolstenholme Elmy’s knowledge of the law, Lord Selbourne, the Lord Chancellor patronisingly dubbed her ‘Britain’s Little Lord Chancellor’. Apart from her important role in campaigning for  women’s suffrage, particular areas where her work helped bring change were girls’ and women’s education and the part she played in the  passing of the Married Women’s Property Act (1870),the Repeal of the Contagious Diseases Act (1886) and the Guardianship of Infants Act (1886). She wrote poetry, contributed articles to newspapers under the pseudonym Ignota and held progressive views on free love, atheism and republicanism.

Her statue, Our Elizabeth, by Hazel Reeves stands in the town centre of Congleton where Wolstenholme Elmy lived for many years. The statue was commissioned by Elizabeth’s Group, a local charity set up to to raise awareness of her national contribution to women’s rights.

 

 

Location: Centre of Bridge Street, Congleton, Cheshire

Mary Wollstonecraft

Photo: Grim23 Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: Maggi Hambling (b.1945)

Materials: Silvered bronze

Unveiled: 10 November 2020

Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), writer, founding feminine philosopher, advocate of women’s rights, education and social equality, wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein, was her daughter. The memorial is the result of a 10 year project by the Mary on the Green Campaign. The statue is on a plinth bearing Wollstonecraft’s words ‘I do not want women to have power over men, but over themselves’. It was erected at Newington Green, where she lived, worked and opened a Girls’ Boarding School.

Location: On roundabout, Newington Green, London N16.

Victoria Wood CBE

Photo: Noshplar Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: Graham Ibbeson (b.1951)

Materials: Bronze

Unveiled: 17 May 2019 by Wood's close friend, the comic actor, Ted Robbins.

Victoria Wood CBE

Victoria Wood (1953-2016), BAFTA award winning comedian, actress, singer, pianist, writer, composer, producer and director. Wood was brought up in Bury, her statue has been erected opposite her local library. The statue was a joint project between Bury Council and Victoria Wood’s Estate.

Location: Library Gardens off Silver Street, Bury, Greater Manchester

Virginia Woolf

Photo: Stu’s Images Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: Stephen Tomlin (1901-1937)

Materials: Bust in bronze, plinth in Portland stone

Erected: 26 June 2004 by the Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) was an innovative and influential modern novelist, who favoured the ‘stream of consciousness’ genre. Mrs Dalloway (1925), To The Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928) are among her best known works. She was also a literary critic, essayist, biographer and conservationist. She suffered mental health problems, which led to her committing suicide.

She lived on the south side of Tavistock Square (1924-39).  The sculptor, Stephen Tomlin, who was part of the Bloomsbury set,  first suggested sculpting her in 1924, finally she gave him six sittings in 1931.  His is the only sculptural representation of her from life. This bronze portrait bust on a Portland stone plinth was erected in 2004. There are replicas of the bust at Monk’s House (NT) Rodmell, Lewes; in lead (1931)  at the National Portrait Gallery, London and a third later cast at the British Library (1990).

Location: Tavistock Square, London WC1

Virginia Woolf

AndyScott, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: Laury Dizengremel

Materials: Bronze

Unveiled: 16 November 2022 by Emma Woolf, her son Ludo and Sophie Partridge, descendants of Virginia Woolf.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)  was an innovative and influential modern novelist, who favoured the ‘stream of consciousness’ genre. Mrs Dalloway (1925), To The Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928) are among her best known works. She was also a literary critic, essayist, biographer and conservationist. She suffered mental health problems, which led to her committing suicide.

This statue is sited at Richmond where Virginia Woolf lived with her husband, Leonard, from 1913-1924. It was here in the interwar years that they purchased a small hand-printing press and established The Hogarth Press, named after their home Hogarth House in Paradise Road, Richmond. At first they printed their own works, but gradually expanded this to include those of their friends and acquaintances; eventually the hand-press could not cope with demand and their printing became a commercial concern.

Location: Upper terraces, Richmond Riverside, Richmond-upon-Thames

Lady Wulfruna

Photo: Æthelred, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: Sir Charles Wheeler KCVO CBE PPRA (1892 –1974)

Materials: Bronze statue on granite pedestal

Dimensions: Statue h. 200cm, pedestal 175cm.

Inscription: on pedestal: LADY WULFRUNA/BY SIR CHARLES WHEELER KCVO, CBE, PPRA/ FREEMAN OF WOLVERHAMPTON WAS PRESENTED BY THE EXPRESS AND STAR/ TO THE TOWN OF WOLVERHAMPTON/ TO MARK THE NEWSPAPER'S CENTENARY/ IN NOVEMBER 1974

Unveiled: November 1974

Lady Wulfruna

Lady Wulfruna (d.after 994) was an Anglo-Saxon noble woman and landowner with several estates in Staffordshire. She was granted a charter for Hēatūn, Anglo-Saxon for ‘high or prinicpal farm of enclosure’ by Aethelred II (Aethelred the Unready) in 985. She endowed a collegiate church there in 994, which is the site of St Peter’s Church where this bronze statue stands. It was erected in 1974 to celebrate the centenary of the Express and Star newspaper. Lady Wulfruna is depicted holding the charter, a scroll with a large seal attached, which granted land to the monastery at Hēatūn. An extract from the charter is incised into the steps below. After this generous donation, the town took on the name of its benefactor and became known as ‘Wulfrun Heantun’. By 1070 it was known as Wolverenehamptonia, which is now the city of Wolverhampton. Lady Wulfruna is therefore regarded as the founder of Wolverhampton.

Lady Wulfruna was Wheeler’s last commission and was unveiled after his death.

Location: St Peter's Church, Wolverhampton, West Midlands.

Charlotte Mary Yonge

Photo: SkymasterUK Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: Vivien Mallock (b.1945)

Materials: Bronze resin

Inscription: Plaque on bench: Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901) / Local author and teacher who gave Eastleigh its name. / Created by Vivien Mallock in 2015.

Unveiled: October 2015

Charlotte Mary Yonge

Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901), novelist, editor, biographer, essayist, journalist and writer of textbooks. Inspired by the local Anglican priest and theologian John Keble, a leader of the Oxford Movement, which advocated the Church of England returning to a more Catholic High Church position. Yonge’s writings taking up these ideals spread its influence and she became a best-selling author with novels such as The Heir of Redclyffe (1853), The Daisy Chain (1856) and The Pillars of the House (1873), her last and considered by some to be her best work. She wrote in the service of the Church and never profited from her writing, but gave all the proceeds to charity.

Yonge lived all her life in Otterbourne, near Eastleigh in Hampshire. In 1868 when two villages, Barton and Eastley, were combined to form one parish, she donated £500 towards the cost of building a new parish church. As a result of this generous gesture she was asked which of the villages the parish should be named after. She chose Eastley, but suggested the spelling should be altered to Eastleigh.

This statue of Yonge seated on a bench reading a book was unveiled in 2015. The unveiling had been scheduled for the previous year, but before the ceremony could take place, the face was damaged and the nose broken by vandals, resulting in a delay for repair work to be carried out.

Location: Station approach, Eastleigh, Hants.

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