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“Back where she belongs” - town’s 300-year-old statue returned to its home

PUBLISHED: 12:09 06 December 2019 | UPDATED: 12:09 06 December 2019

A replica of Thetford's statue of justice has been returned to its home on top of the Guildhall, made by Alan Lamb. Photo: Thetford Town Council

A replica of Thetford's statue of justice has been returned to its home on top of the Guildhall, made by Alan Lamb. Photo: Thetford Town Council

Thetford Town Council

It stood in a Norfolk town for nearly 300 years.

A replica of Thetford's statue of justice has been returned to its home on top of the Guildhall. Photo: Thetford Town CouncilA replica of Thetford's statue of justice has been returned to its home on top of the Guildhall. Photo: Thetford Town Council

Now a historic statue has been replicated and put "back where she belongs".

Thetford's statue of justice, which originally stood on top of the Guildhall, fell during storm Doris back in 2016 leaving it badly damaged and causing the loss of its head and hand.

Believed to be dated between 1700 to 1735, it was decided that due to its age and the extent of the damages it wasn't safe to put back up.

But three years on a replica statue, funded by the Thetford Town Council's insurers Zurich, can be seen in the place where the original sculpture once stood.

A replica of Thetford's statue of justice has been returned to its home on top of the Guildhall. Photo: Thetford Town CouncilA replica of Thetford's statue of justice has been returned to its home on top of the Guildhall. Photo: Thetford Town Council

Councillor Brenda Canham, Mayor of Thetford, said: "The council are really pleased to have her back where she belongs, and we hope she is there for another 300 years."

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The statue was produced by Alan Lamb, who is head of carving at City and Guilds of London Art School, responsible for the UK's leading graduate and post graduate courses in stone and wood carving.

Mr Lamb has previously been master carver on the 'Virtue's Angels' project at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, working closely with their sculpture advisory group and a team of young sculptors to design and produce over thirty new works.

A replica of Thetford's statue of justice has been returned to its home on top of the Guildhall. Photo: Thetford Town CouncilA replica of Thetford's statue of justice has been returned to its home on top of the Guildhall. Photo: Thetford Town Council

He was also commissioned to design and produce the sculptural work on the Royal Barge for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee River Pageant.

Typically statues of justice are blindfolded but Mr Lamb recreated Thetford's original sculpture with its unusual design with no blindfold.

The statue took eight months to complete and was made out of coloured limestone also similar to the original.

Work at the Guildhall started on November 25 and the statue was hoisted and securely fitted with metal rods by November 28, with the help of Mr Lamb.

He said: "It was an honour to be given the exciting and rare opportunity to recreate a full-size classical statue in such a splendid location."

The council have said this time the new statue will not be going anywhere and they are asking the public where they think the original statue should displayed within the town.

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