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Alfred the Great Statue (Winchester)

The statue of Alfred the Great, the most famous of England's Anglo-Saxon kings, can be found in a prominent position in the city centre of Winchester.

It stands in The Broadway, nearly opposite the splendid Victorian Guildhall and across the road from Abbey Gardens.

With sword held aloft and a shield in his hand, Alfred is staring up the High Street as if daring any invaders to come near.

The statue, by Hamo Thorneycroft, was erected in 1901, thought at the time to have been the thousandth anniversary of his death, although he is now believed to have died in 899.

It stands on a plinth of Cornish stone.

The model for the distinguished person of King Alfred was a Winchester councillor.

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