South West Wales

Henry VII statue delivered to Pembroke 'hometown'

Henry VII statue and committee
Image caption Fundraisers with the clay model statue before it was cast in bronze

A Pembrokeshire town steeped in history is preparing to unveil a new bronze statue which commemorates its most famous son.

Henry VII - or Henry Tudor - was born at Pembroke Castle in 1457, the son of Margaret Beaufort and Edmund Tudor.

He went on to become the first Welshman to sit on the English throne.

The 2.4m (8ft) high bronze statue was delivered on Thursday and will be unveiled on the Mill Bridge in Pembroke during a ceremony on Saturday.

Local people and oil refinery Valero have contributed £20,000 towards the cost of the statue, with Pembrokeshire council also contributing a total of £20,000.

Image caption The statue arrived on the back of a lorry on Thursday
Image caption It was then lowered onto a plinth

It was modelled in clay by sculptor Harriet Addyman before being cast in bronze.

People in the town hope a Henry VII centre can eventually be established in Pembroke and money has been secured for a feasibility study.

Town councillor Linda Asman said she had been "inspired" to pursue the idea after visiting the Richard III Visitor Centre in Leicester.

She said people were "really interested" in the idea.

Image caption The statue also features Henry VII's dog

Backed by a small force of French soldiers, Henry Tudor landed at Mill Bay in Milford Haven in August 1485 and called on the Welsh to rally to his banner.

He went on to defeat Richard III at the battle of Bosworth Field and to bring a measure of peace and stability as king.

Some Welsh poets referred to him as Y Mab Darogan - the Son of Destiny - who would lead the Welsh from oppression.

His chief supporter in Wales was Rhys ap Thomas, whose homes included Carew Castle, near Pembroke.

Image caption The statue will be erected on a bridge overlooking Pembroke Castle

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