SE0924 : Albert Park, Halifax

taken 15 years ago, near to Halifax, Calderdale, Great Britain

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Albert Park, Halifax
Albert Park, Halifax
Known locally as Sparrow Park, this relatively small patch of grass at the junction of Heath Road and Skircoat Road is dominated by a memorial to Prince Albert, paid for by public subscription following the Prince’s death in December 1861.

The nine foot high bronze statue on a seven foot high granite plinth was originally placed at Ward’s End in Horton Street and unveiled by Sir Francis Crossley on September 17th 1864. It caused some controversy as people claimed that renowned sculptor Thomas Thornycroft had got the horse’s legs wrong and a rumour went around that he'd committed suicide on realizing his mistake. The simple truth is that the unusual pose portrays Prince Albert and his horse Nimrod 'ambling', a type of trot favoured by the pair, and Thornycroft eventually died at the age of seventy, twenty one years after completing the statue.

Albert and Nimrod were moved to their current location in June 1900 because of increased road traffic at Ward’s End.
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Wednesday, 4 April, 2007   (more nearby)
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Friday, 6 April, 2007
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Statues   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 092 242 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:42.8806N 1:51.6431W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 093 242
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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