Alderman William Gue (1800–1877)

Image credit: Test Valley Borough Council

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As a penniless young man with no proper shoes, William Gue walked from Romsey to Andover to find work and became a prosperous builder. A great benefactor to the town in many ways, in 1875 he gave the land and £1,500 for the building of the town’s cottage hospital.

He was Andover’s mayor in 1870 and 1871. In 1871 he was to represent the town at the International Exhibition in London. Unhappy to be seen wearing the existing, poor quality mayoral chain, he commissioned a new one and presented it to the Borough. In the picture he is wearing the new mayoral chain.

This portrait by Henry Grant was paid for by public subscription. Gue died before its completion.

Andover Guildhall



Alderman William Gue (1800–1877)




oil on canvas


H 200 x W 180 cm (E)

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Andover Guildhall

High Street, Andover, Hampshire SP10 1LP England

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