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Inscriptions: Cecil Rhodes, Plaque in King Edward Street


Cecil Rhodes, King Edward St

 

IN THIS HOUSE THE RIGHT
HON. CECIL JOHN RHODES
KEPT ACADEMICAL RESIDENCE
IN THE YEAR 1881.

THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECT-
ED BY ALFRED MOSELY
IN RECOGNITION OF THE
GREAT SERVICES RENDERED
BY CECIL RHODES TO
HIS COUNTRY

 

This bust of Cecil John Rhodes (1853–1902), with the above inscription underneath, was erected in 1906 by Alfred Mosely, a former Cape diamond merchant and associate of Rhodes. It is on the outside wall of 6 King Edward Street (which is owned by Oriel College), high up between two first-floor windows.

Rhodes was matriculated at the University of Oxford by Oriel College on 13 October 1873 when he was aged 20, but returned to South Africa for health reasons after only one term. He came back to Oxford in 1876 and lived first at 116 High Street and then here at 6 King Edward Street, obtaining his B.A. and M.A. pass degree simultaneously in 1881 at the age of 28.

 

 

Following the receipt on 6 November 2015 of the petition from the “Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford movement, Oriel College issued a statement on 17 December 2015 which included the following:

“We are starting the process of consultation with Oxford City Council this week in advance of submitting a formal application for consent to remove the Rhodes plaque on No. 6 King Edward Street, an Oriel-owned property. This plaque was erected in 1906 by a private individual. Its wording is a political tribute, and the College believes its continuing display on Oriel property is inconsistent with our principles. The plaque is not listed but consent is required for its removal because it is within a conservation area.”


Statue of Rhodes in the High Street, Oxford

Oriel College decided in January 2016 not to remove this statue, but will add “aclear historical context” to explain why it is there:


See also

Press articles on the proposed removal of the plaque and statue of Rhodes in Oxford

Rhodes statue
Rhodes statue on the Rhodes Building in the High,
with anti-pigeon netting, December 2015

New Statesman

Telegraph

Daily Mail

Guardian

Independent:

International Business Times

Catholic Herald (blog)

BBC News

Stephanie Jenkins, 2013