Queen Victoria Statue

Feel like the Queen of England by trying on Queen Victoria’s crown, and hear her thoughts about her reign.

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This statue of Queen Victoria was given to the city by George Matthews Arnold (1826-1908). He also presented another Queen Victoria statue outside the Victoria Adult Education Centre, and the General Gordon statue in the Gordon Memorial Gardens.

George Matthews Arnold was Mayor or Gravesend eight times. He was a founding member of the church, honorary church warden elect, and the first school secretary, remaining in this position for 40 years.

He is remembered for his philanthropic works and was responsible for the renovation of several of the town’s buildings including St Mary’s Church at Denton, Dode Church at Luddesdown and the Kings Head Public House in King Street.


We would like to give credit to “Sing London” who produced the script and audio for the Queen Victoria Statue on behalf Gravesham Borough Council as part of the Talking Statues National Heritage Lottery fund project. Written by Katrina Burnett and voiced by Prunella Scales. Talking Statues – Queen Victoria – Gravesend, Kent

Queen Victoria, November 14th 1861. Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program