The Boadicea Monument


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  • Boadicea (Boudica in modern english) was the warrior queen of the Iceni celtic tribe. After having seen her husband killed and her daughers raped by the romans she, herself, led an uprising in Roman Britain.
    Her name, meaning Victory in celtic, was associated with Queen Victoria and often paralleled to her.
    The statue was commissioned by Queen Victoria and King Albert to Thornycroft who managed to complete a full size model of the work before his death in 1885, but there was no funding for it to be cast in bronze.
    An earthwork known as “Boadicea’s Grave” on the north side of Parliament Hill was excavated in 1894, although no grave was found, but Thornycroft’s son, John Isaac Thornycroft suggested the site would be appropriate for the location of his father’s long-delayed monumental statue.
    It was no sooner thatn 1902 -some 17 years after Thornycroft’s death – that the actual statue was erected in bronze and after the money needed was actually found.


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