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Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Jane Welsh, welcomed the installation of the statue of Charlotte Mary Yonge who was Eastleigh’s best selling Victorian novelist and gave Eastleigh its name.
The statue of Charlotte has been installed on a bench outside Eastleigh Railway Station as part of the re-development of the station forecourt.
The statue was created by sculptor Vivien Mallock in bronze. Charlotte Mary Yonge was one of the most prolific and best-selling novelists of the Victorian period and at the forefront of charitable endeavours to develop good housing and facilities for the people of Eastleigh. In 1868 she donated £500 towards the parish church (Church of the Resurrection) and was asked to choose which of the two villages (Eastley or Barton) the parish should be named after. She chose Eastley, but advised that it should be spelt ‘Eastleigh’ as we know it today.
The scheme has been funded and managed by Eastleigh Borough Council and is a great example of partnership working by many groups to provide opportunities for writers and also environmental improvements to the town. The Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship, Eastleigh & District History Society, Eastleigh Museum, Hampshire County Council and many local writers provided information, support and enthusiasm for the project
Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Jane Welsh said, ”This is a superb statue and a fitting tribute to Charlotte. I’m sure local people will enjoy it and be very proud of it. This is a great example of the Council’s commitment to community working and I hope it will provide interest, enjoyment and help raise awareness of the contribution Charlotte made to Eastleigh for many years to come.”
Photo caption - Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Jane Welsh with Charlotte Mary Yonge on Eastleigh Station forecourt