Hull – King William III Statue (King Billy’s Statue)

This is what can only really be described as an early bit of bling, the gilded statue of King William III. The statue was designed by Peter Scheemaker in 1734, although it wasn’t gilded until 1768. And perhaps they overdid a bit by doing that…. The statue was paid for by public subscription and they raised an impressive £785, which is nearly £100,000 in today’s money.

It’s also not located in a marvellous part of Hull, as it’s a bit of a traffic hub now. Once it was the city’s marketplace and its location near to the Minster was quite salubrious, but not really any longer. The one positive that there was, which was the William III pub next door to the statue, has also now closed down.