Hull Wilberforce Monument to stay put

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Published: Thursday 5th February 2015 by The News Editor

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One of Hull’s most recognisable landmarks could be staying put after it was estimated it could cost around £1.6 million to move it.

The Wilberforce Monument was moved to its present Wilberforce Drive home during a 1930s city centre redevelopment scheme.

It was hoped the memorial could be taken back to its original location near Monument Bridge for another redevelopment in time for 2017 City of Culture festivities, but this idea has now been scrapped.

The 31-metre column even featured in last year’s initial plans for the £25 million city centre transformation and appeared on some council-produced concept designs.

But the cost of moving the structure was put at £1.6 million last summer and Hull City Council said it will probably not happen, despite public backing.

The monument, built in 1834 and financed by public subscription, honours the anti-slavery campaigner and Hull MP.

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Published: Thursday 5th February 2015 by The News Editor

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