Hereford City Heritage

The Mayor’s Chain

Victoria Footbridge over the River Wye

A committee was set up on Thursday March 18th 1834 to organise celebrations, funds and events to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Suggestions for a memorial rangred from the restoration of Aubrey’s Almshouses, and a new police court to the creation of an institute for aged and infirm sevants. However, at the public meeting a week later, just two proposals were suggested for consideration - either the extension of the free library, or the footbridge over the Wye. After finally deciding on the footbridge, the site was called into question, and though the meeting was ‘strongly of the opinion that the best site for the same is near the infirmary’ the final choice of the site was left to the town council, who evidently agreed.