Lady Anne takes her place

Date: Friday 25th September 2020
Left to rightAlewx Birtles councillor,Joan Johnstone parish coumcil chairman,Ian Gowing who did the groundwork,Lord Hothfield,Kevin Howley Diane Lawrenson’s husband and artist Diane Lawrenson
Left to rightAlewx Birtles councillor,Joan Johnstone parish coumcil chairman,Ian Gowing who did the groundwork,Lord Hothfield,Kevin Howley Diane Lawrenson’s husband and artist Diane Lawrenson

KIRKBY Stephen town centre has been “energised” by a statue which celebrates the legacy of one of the area’s most important historical figures. Lady Anne Clifford (1590 to 1676), has been sculpted by Winton-based artist Diane Lawrenson and the statue, called “Lady Anne’s Way”, now stands proudly in front of the town’s visitor centre.

And hopes are high visitors will flock from far and wide to see the enigmatic bronze for themselves.

“Lady Anne travelled through this region with a vision for the future. Building, restoring and caring for the inhabitants, providing schools, churches, alms houses, while at the same time, in other areas of our country, people were struggling and starving as a result of the English Civil War,” said Diane, an award-winning sculptor and a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy and the Society of Women Artists.

Depicting Lady Anne as a young woman, the sculpture is sited along the route, pointing towards Brough, which she would have had to take in order to walk between Pendragon Castle and Brough Castle.

A spokesman for Kirkby Stephen Town Council said: “The sculpture has been privately funded following an appeal and is in effect a gift to the town from them.

“The town council would like to thank the artist Diane Lawrenson and all the donors and together with, Dinsdales Contracting, Wearmouth Plant Hire, Ian Gowing of TA Law and Cumbria County Council’s highways team for their generous support of and assistance with the project.”