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Lady of Justice statue restored in Suffolk

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Restored justice statue unveiled

A Suffolk town's 18th Century Lady of Justice statue which features a Roman goddess holding scales and a sword has been restored.

The statue, on top of Buttercross in Bungay, is one of a handful of replicas around the UK of the statue at the Old Bailey in London.

It had been re-painted so many times it had lost all definition.

It is believed the statue was removed and buried in a nearby common for protection during World War II.

The renovation involved stripping away many layers of paint, built up since the statue was installed in the late-1700s, to reveal fine detailing including individual fingers and toes.

It is understood that the Bungay statue is the only one in the country, except its more famous counterpart in London, in which the goddess Justitia is not blindfolded.

Other Lady of Justice statues are in Bath, Bethnal Green, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Pontypridd and Warwick.



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