Alfred’s Monument Wantage

King Alfred has a statue in the market place in Wantage. It was commissioned by Lord Wantage, and designed and carved in 1877 by Count Gleichen, (a cousin of Queen Victoria) it stands the town centre. On the base of the statue the following words are found:

Alfred found learning dead and he restored it
Education neglected and he revived it
The laws powerless and he gave them force
The church debased and he raised it
The land ravaged by a fearful enemy from which he delivered it
Alfred’s name will live as long as mankind shall respect the past

Winston Churchill, not usually reputed for his modesty, when being told that he must be the greatest Englishman that ever lived is supposed to have replied “No! The greatest Englishman that ever lived was King Alfred”.

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