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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

David Palmer (b. 1963)

Designer, sculptor and engineer. Born at Roughlee, near Barrowford, his father Robert Palmer was a sheep farmer. At school, technical design and metalwork led him to an apprenticeship in sheet metal fabrication and a course at Blackpool and The Fylde College in mechanical engineering. Work followed in the nuclear fuel industry, as an engineering draughtsman and as a technical manager for a firm making structures for garden centres. At the time of writing, he is managing director of the design and fabrication company DP Structures, of Nelson, Lancashire. The company has expanded since about 2005 into designing and producing bespoke architectural steel structures and public art commissions. Much of the work of Palmer and his company is in Lancashire; it includes The Shuttle, steel and glass, Nelson (2011); Alice Nutter, oxidised copper, brass, steel & local stone, Pendle Witches Sculpture Trail, Roughlee, Pendle Hill (2012); Longton Godwit, Corten steel, stainless steel and glass, Longton, Preston (2014); South Ribble War Memorial, Corten steel, Lostock Hall (2015); Bamber Bridge Tree, Corten steel and brass, Bamber Bridge (2016); Loom, wood and metal, Walmer Bridge, South Ribble (2017); and Bobby the Iron Horse, iron and wood, Longmeanygate, Leyland (2017).

Sources include: David Palmer, emails to the author, 13 May and 4 September 2016.

Bibliography: D.A. Cross, Public Sculpture of Lancashire and Cumbria, Liverpool, 2017, pp. 50, 89, 93; DP Structures website; Lancashire Telegraph (Business Award News), 18 November 2013.

David A. Cross, 2017