Statues and Memorials: King’s Statue Weymouth

Posted: June 4, 2015 in Dorset, History, UK


The King’s statue stands on the Esplanade at Weymouth. It is dedicated to King George III, whose took many holidays in the town and due to whose patronage brought much business and prosperity to the town and its inhabitants. It was originally designed in 1805 but was not erected until 1809 due to the King’s illness. It was originally painted bronze and was only coloured in 1948.


The Statue has not been universally welcomed and over the years there have been a number of attempts to have it moved. One writer sums up his feelings like this .‘ that hideous monstrosity known as the King’s Statue, about the removal of which many schemes have been from time to time suggested’
(Pevsner, Nikolaus; John Newman (1972). “Dorset”. The Buildings of England: 453)

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