Prince Albert was Queen Victoria’s beloved husband and Prince Consort until his death in 1861. The people of Manchester thought it important to raise a memorial to Prince Albert, who was a proponent of public education in the Arts. The memorial to Prince Albert was the first structure to be sited on Albert Square ahead of the new Town Hall, which was built to replace smaller premises in King St.
Despite occasional threats to the memorial it remains the centrepiece in the square that bears Albert’s name.
Front: ALBERT PRINCE OF SAXE COBURG AND GOTHA/CONSORT OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA
LHS: ERECTED BY THE INHABITANTS OF MANCHESTER, A.D. 1866
Above LHS inscription: RESTORED A. D 1977
Rear: THIS STATUE WAS PRESENTED TO HIS FELLOW CITIZENS BY THOMAS GOADSBY MAYOR OF MANCHESTER 1861-2
RHS: IN GRATEFUL ACKNOWLEDGMENT/OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE VIRTUES
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This monument is located at the heart of Albert Square, outside Manchester Town Hall.
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