I have been to Armley Mills a few times over the years and on one occasion I noticed a bronze figure of Industry and thought it looked a bit out of place just tucked away in one of the sheds, writes MARK STEVENSON.
It wasn’t until a few years later that I discovered why it was there. I was having a look around Woodhouse Moor at all the statues that are there (Wellington and Peel) when I noticed a statue of Queen Victoria.
The notice board tells you that the statue was first placed outside the Town Hall in 1905 and that it was moved to Woodhouse Moor in 1937 when Victoria Square was remodelled.
I went back to Armley Mills to get a picture of the figure of industry but the sheds were all locked up so I asked the lady (Linda) at the bit where you pay to get in if there was any chance of having another look.
Linda with the help of Steve (many thanks to them both) let me into the shed to have a look.
I asked Linda why it was there and she said it was due to vandalism by the students who had knocked if off of the side of the Victoria Monument.
£8,000 was raised by public subscription to pay for the statue of Victoria and it was unveiled by the Lord Mayor Edwin Woodhouse in 1905.