Statues that work

No-one could call Eastleigh Town Centre a pretty place.

But something that Eastleigh gets exactly right is its statues. There is the generic son of industrial toil: the Railwayman, tribute to the town’s railway heritage. Then there is Charlotte Yonge, a Victorian novelist who named the town. Charlotte is very unusual in England – a female statue who isn’t Queen Victoria, a minor nineteenth century royal or a mythical angel type figure on a war memorial (though Eastleigh has one of those too).

Here they both are (above), Charlotte and the Railwayman, decorated for Pride last year.

* Ruth Bright has been a councillor in Southwark and Parliamentary Candidate for Hampshire East

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6 Comments

  • Jane Ann Liston 16th Jun '20 - 8:17pm

    I’ve read 2 or 3 of Charlotte Yonge’s novels; unfortunately they are not wonderful. Pity.

  • Lynne Rapson 17th Jun '20 - 11:01pm

    As a lifelong reader of Charlotte Yonge’s books I can testify that they are well worth reading. She was an incredible person.

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