Poll: Are you in favour of moving the Civil War Roundhead and Cavalier soldier statue to Beastmarket Hill roundabout
A statue of a Civil War Roundhead and Cavalier soldier is set to be moved to a major gateway into Newark.
The statue currently stands next to Newark Library where it has been vandalised in the past.
The sharp end of the Cavalier’s sword was snapped off, but has been found and will be reattached.
The idea is the brainchild of the Newark county councillor Keith Girling who believed the statue should in more prominent view.
“The statue has been vandalised quite regularly in the past where it is now with graffiti and it deserves to be in a prominent place.”
He has arranged with Nottinghamshire County Council and highways company Via to have the statue moved to the Beastmarket Hill roundabout — a fitting position given its proximity to Newark Castle, which was the Royalist base that thwarted Parliamentarians during three sieges of the town during the English Civil Wars.
“It is something that I have tried to get done for a while,” said Mr Girling.
“There was quite a bit around health and safety to do.
“I had to demonstrate that there are other roundabouts that have statues on them and them and that it would not become a road hazard with its closeness to a number of pubs.
“We also had to ascertain what it was made from and whether it is hollow.
“A lot of technical work has gone into it.
“The statue has been vandalised quite regularly in the past where it is now with graffiti and it deserves to be in a prominent place.
“It is quite a feature of a historical town.
“It will be moved in August and set on a plinth.”
“It is quite a feature of a historical town. This statue, in that location, can be iconic.”
Mr Girling said he was unsure as to whether there would need to be a road closure, but if there were, he thought it would only need to be brief.
“This statue, in that location, can be iconic,” said Mr Girling.
“It can be a signpost to Newark Castle and alert people to Newark’s proud civil war history in a place that is a major gateway into Newark.”
The cost of moving the statue will be met by the county and district councils with a probable contribution from Newark Town Council.