Memorial to 7th Earl of Carlisle in Brampton, Cumbria

Surrounded by trees and hidden from view in Brampton, Cumbria, is a statue in memory of George Howard, the 7th Earl of Carlisle.

The 7th Earl of Carlisle monument is in a woodland clearing

The 7th Earl of Carlisle monument is in a woodland clearing in Brampton, Cumbria

Beneath the simple local monument however is a story that links the American Confederate States, the IRA in Northern Ireland, Queen Victoria and Walt Disney.

It sounds like an ideal pub quiz question but the answers put this statue at the heart of a series of revelations not previously exposed.

The monument

The Grade II monument is positioned on one of the highest hills to one side of the town of Brampton, known as the Mote.

Sculpted in 1869 by JH Foley RA in London, it was cast in bronze by H. Prince & Co Founders of Southwark.

The carved inscription on the sandstone plinth reads:

Erected by the people of Cumberland
to commemorate
the public services and personal worth of
George William Frederick Howard
Seventh Earl of Carlisle K.C.
Born April 18 1802 Died December 5 1864

It appears that at least two variations of the same outline were made around the same time.

  • The Earl depicted dressed in robes of Knight Garter – in Brampton
  • The Earl depicted dressed in robes of the Order of St. Patrick – erected in Phoenix Park, Dublin.

It is thought that a third statue depicting the Earl dressed in robes of the Order of the Garter, again by Foley, is to be found at Castle Howard in Yorkshire. However this is not confirmed.

The sculptor has incorporated a lot of detail into the statue

The sculptor has incorporated a lot of detail into the statue

The  statue in Dublin was unveiled in a private ceremony in the People’s Garden of Phoenix Park Dublin on 3 May 1870. It was blown up by the IRA in the early hours of 28 July 1956.

George Howard

George Howard, entered Parliament in 1826 as MP for his family seat of Morpeth. The family house is Castle Howard near York. However, they had a local country residence in Cumbria, at Naworth Castle.

In 1835 he was appointed to the Privy Council and appointed Chief Secretary for Ireland

On the death of his father in 1848 he became the 7th Earl of Carlisle, and took his seat in the Lords.

In February 1855 he was appointed Lord Lieutenant (Viceroy) of Ireland.

One other connection between the town of Brampton and the Earls of Carlisle, is the railway.

The Brampton railway opened in 1775 and was also known as the Dandy line. It was used to haul coal from the Naworth Estate for onward travel to Newcastle.

Sculptor – JH Foley RA (1818-1874)

Born into a grocers family in Dublin John Henry Foley studied art. He moved to London to study at the Royal Academy in 1835.

He had his first Royal Academy exhibition in 1839.

His most famous work in Britain is the Albert Memorial in London. He was chosen as a replacement for Carlo Marochetti who died before he was able to complete the outline designs.

JH Foley. RA Sculptor

JH Foley. RA Sculptor

JH Foley was also responsible for designing the Great Seal of the Confederate States of America in 1864.

In April  1863,  the Congress of the Confederate States commissioned the design of a Great Seal for the new nation’s official documents.  Since no die engravers where in the Confederacy (and thus no Confederate coins) the project was  assigned  to James  M. Mason,  the  Confederacy’s diplomatic representative in London. Mason contracted with J. H.  Foley  and Joseph  H. Wyon, Chief Engraver to Her Majesty’s Seals, to design and produce the seal.

The seal was donated to the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, USA where it remains today.

Foley is also responsible for The Stonewall Jackson Monument, Richmond, Virginia (1874).

JH Foley is remembered in a statue adorning the outside of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

He is buried in the crypt of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

About H. Prince & Co statue foundry

Other work of note by H[enry] Prince & Co include:-

George Howard - 18 April 1802 – 5 December 1864

George Howard - 18 April 1802 – 5 December 1864

A statue of Richard Green – London – Richard Green was a local ship owner and philanthropist

Works on the Albert Memorial – London, Kensington Gardens – additional statues

More about the statue foundry can be found on the National Portrait Gallery website.

The answers to the linking question-

The links between the American Confederate States, the IRA in Northern Ireland, Queen Victoria and Walt Disney are:

  • JH Foley – was responsible for designing the Great Seal of the Confederate States of America in 1864
  • The IRA blew up a statue of the Earl of Carlisle, by JH Foley, in Dublin in 1956,
  • Queen Victoria commissioned JH Foley for the main central sculpture of the Albert Memorial in London.
  • And finally – Walt Disney visited Naworth Castle, the country seat of the Howards, in 1935.

If anybody may have further information on the alleged third statue or has any more interesting information, then please contact us via the comments section at the end of this post.

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