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Memorial Title

Prince Charles Edward Stuart - Statue
(Bonnie Prince Charlie)

Derbyshire War Memorials: a description of a war memorial statue commemorating Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and the Jacobite Rising, at Cathedral Green, Derby.
Setting Memorial Statue Plaque Plaque Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image.
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Last known location:
Cathedral Green
Full St
Nearest postcode:

SK 35288 36520 ±5m
Location details:
On the eastern side of the road, facing Derby Cathedral.
Overall type: Statue.

Overall condition: Fair. The inscription is legible and the memorial is cared for.


A cast bronze figure on a sandstone ashlar pedestal and base. The figure depicts Prince Charles Edward Stuart on horseback in a jaunty pose and wearing a frock coat with sword at his belt. The horse has a lively gait with one leg raised. The rear of the base of the casting bears the founder's and sculptor's marks. The oblong pedestal has an overhanging coping with battered face and a projecting plinth with bevelled top. Originally unadorned, the pedestal later had an oblong cast bronze plaque added to the 6 o'clock face and an oblong brass plaque added to the 3 o'clock face. During landscaping and paving works in 2008-2009 the ground level was changed and a matching base was added below the pedestal.


Component Material Height Width Depth Condition
Statue Cast bronze c2300 820 c2600 Fair
Pedestal Sandstone ashlar 1900 910 2190 Fair
Base Sandstone ashlar 360 2925 4100 Fair
Plaque Bronze 260 310 25 Fair
Plaque Brass 205 295 2 Fair
Dimensions in millimetres ±5mm unless stated otherwise.
Plaque on 6 o'clock face of pedestal:
Conflicts and people named:
Conflict Jacobite Rising (1745-1746) Totals
Action Occupation of Derby
(4 - 6 Dec 1745)
Number died 0 0
Number served and returned 1 1
Total names 1 1
1720 - 1788
... caerc fhraoich
Plaque on 3 o'clock face of pedestal:
Charles Edward Stuart
(Bonnie Prince Charlie)
1720 - 1788
"It was a noble attempt."
Dr Samuel Johnson
12 o'clock face of base of statue:
Anthony Stones 95.
Custodian: Not known

Local authorities:
From 1974 to 1997: Derby District (later Borough and from 1977 City) Council and Derbyshire County Council.
From 1997: The unitary authority has been Derby City Council.
October 1987: The memorial lies within the Derby City Centre Conservation Area first designated in that month.

c1995: The memorial was sponsored by local businessman Lionel Pickering, created by sculptor Anthony Stones, and cast by Pangolin Editions, Founder

December, 1995: The statue was installed on Cathedral Green to mark the 250th Anniversary of the Prince's occupation of Derby.

December 2001: The memorial lies within the Buffer Zone of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site inscribed in that month.

By March, 2009: The plaque was added to the 6 o'clock face.

By July, 2012: The plaques was added to the 3 o'clock.

c2009: The surrounding area was relandscaped and the base was added below the pedestal to suit the new ground level.

12th July, 2012: The memorial was surveyed by Roy Branson. It was in fair condition and cared for.
Prince Charles sometimes called himself King Charles III and was also known as the Young Pretender. His full name was Prince Charles Edward Louis John Casimir Sylvester Severino Maria Stuart.

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