William Pitt the Younger 1759 –1806) became the youngest ever Prime Minister in
1783, aged 24.
The same disaster happened to this monument in 1940 during the Blitz. Burning roof
timbers crashed down onto it smashing parts of the sculpture. It was rapidly repaired
in plaster of Paris and along with the other monuments tidied up for the coronation
of Elizabeth II in 1953. Because the venue is very busy with functions our access
was limited and all the marble carving for Beckford and Pitt was done away from the
Guildhall in our Bristol Workshop and later fitted . This required very careful planning
and model making along with meticulous reference and drawing. Pictured below is the
reconstruction of the hand and trident of Britannia.