Memorial: M5542

Statue in Plymouth Road, Tavistock, Devon depicting Sir Francis Drake d. 1596

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Location

Fitzford end of Plymouth Road, Tavistock, Devon, England

Transcript

'ARMADA 1588, ' SIR FRANCIS DRAKE / THE FAMOUS NAVIGATOR AND ADMIRAL / WAS BORN IN CROWNDALE IN TAVISTOCK / PARISH ABOUT 1542 / AND DIED AT SEA 1596 / THIS STATUE BY JOSEPH EDGAR BOEHM / WAS ERECTED IN 1883 / THROUGH THE GENEROSITY OF HASTINGS / NINTH DUKE OF BEDFORD.'

Details

Description: Full-length holding compasses, globe behind. Three bas-reliefs on the base depict the game of bowls on Plymouth Hoe, his knighting by Queen Elizabeth and Drake's burial at sea. Cast by Drew & Co/Moore & Co, Thames Ditton, Surrey.
Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 27/9/1883
Artists: Joseph Boehm

People

Drake, Francis
Age:
Date of Death: 28/1/1596
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: privateer; explorer
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: A statue of Sir Francis Drake by Andreas Friedrich had been erected at Offenburg in Germany in 1854. Confusing him with Sir Walter Raleigh, it credited him with introducing the potato to Europe. This statue was destroyed prior to the Second World War. The Tavistock statue was the first to be put up in England.
Bibliography: R.G. Harry 'Tavistock Sir Francis Drake's Statue and Medal'.

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