P R O F I L E
formerly Market Place
Picture right - Queen's Square in 1860 showing the Russian Cannon that was replaced by the statue of Prince Albert in 1866. The Cannon had been captured from Sebastopol in the Crimea in 1855.
In 1858 on the 20th October a Russian trophy gun was located in the Market Place (later Queen Square). Today in Wolverhampton, a statue of Prince Albert stands in Queen Square where it was erected in 1866 and is the most recognized landmark within the city. This replaced the Russian cannon which was retrieved from Sevastopol during the Crimean War in 1855.
Colloquially known as 'The Man on the Horse' the statue was unveiled by Queen Victoria on her first public engagement after the death of Prince Albert. A 40 foot tall archway made of coal was constructed for her visit and she was so pleased with the statue she knighted the mayor of that time. He was a local industrialist named John Morris. The location was renamed Queen Square in honour of Queen Victoria's visit. Ironically it was also once the location for public execution when carried out within the city.
Apparently in 1886 the Russian cannon that was captured during the Crimean War was moved to Snow Hill to make way for Albert's statue. The question is - what happened to the cannon? Do let us know?
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