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George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)
George Palmer (1818–1897)

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The statue was originally in Broad Street and only later moved to Palmer Park. It depicts Palmer, standing, with top hat and umbrella clasped in his right hand, while his left hand holds his lapel. (It was reputedly the first statue in Britain to feature an umbrella!) Palmer was a Quaker baker, and with Thomas Huntley formed the biscuit firm, Huntley and Palmer.
Title

George Palmer (1818–1897)

Date

1891

Medium

bronze & granite

Accession number

RG1_BC_S001

Acquisition method

purchased by public subscription

Work type

Statue

Owner

Reading Borough Council

Custodian

Reading Borough Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

4th November 1891

Listing date

14/12/78

Access

at all times

Inscription description

granite insert on face of plinth: GEORGE PALMER JP / MAYOR OF READING / 1857 - 8 / MEMBER FOR THE BOROUGH / 1878 - 1885; granite insert on face of plinth: ERECTED / BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / IN / RECOGNITION OF / THE SERVICES AND GIFTS / OF / MR GEORGE PALMER / TO THIS TOWN / 4 NOVEMBER / 1891

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Located at

Palmer Park, Wokingham Road, Reading

RG6 1LF

On open ground in Palmer Park, next to the sports stadium and car park. Enter at the entrance from the A4, London Road.