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Agatha Christie

Photo: Diagram Lajard Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: Ben Twiston-Davies (b.1971)

Founder: Bronze Age, London

Materials: Bronze

Dimensions: h. 300 cm., w. 150 cm., d. 45 cm. (approx.)

Signed: Ben Twiston-Davies 2012, on the back of her portrait head

Inscription: On the bronze base

Unveiled: 25 November 2012

Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Christie, DBE (1890–1976) was the author of short stories and 66 detective novels, featuring her two sleuths Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Also a playwright, she was responsible for the world’s longest running play The Mousetrap. This memorial, entitled The Book, commemorates her contribution to the theatre, the only female playwright to have three West End plays running at the same time. It was unveiled on 25 November 2012 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of The Mousetrap. The bronze takes the form of a large relief sculpture of a book with the titles of some of her works and a portrait bust of Christie in the centre, lit from inside and beneath. The idea for the memorial came from Christie’s grandson and was implemented together with Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, producer of The Mousetrap at that time.

Location: Corner of Great Newport Street and Cranbourn Street, Covent Garden, London WC2.

Agatha Christie

Photo: Ben Twiston-Davies

Sculptor: Ben Twiston-Davies (b. 1971)

Founder: Castle Fine Arts

Materials: Bench and statue: bronze; base: slate

Dimensions: h. 150 cm., w. 200 cm., d. 100 cm. (approx.)

Signed: Ben Twiston-Davies 2023, on the bottom of the spine of the book she is holding.

Inscription: AGATHA CHRISTIE, 1890-1976 (on slate base)

Unveiled: Saturday 9 September 2023 by Mathew Prichard, the author's grandson

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie, DBE (1890–1976) was the author of short stories and 66 detective novels, featuring her two sleuths Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Also a playwright, she wrote the world’s longest running play The Mousetrap.

Christie moved to Wallingford in 1934 and lived there there for the rest of her life. This statue, titled A Monument to Imagination, was commissioned by Wallingford Town Council and is located in a grassland area, The Kinecroft, opposite Wallingford Museum. An exhibition about Christie ‘At Home with the Queen of Crime’ is on permanent display in the museum.

The sculptor, Ben Twiston-Davies, commented  ‘Agatha looks up from the book she has been quietly reading as if she has seen something to inspire a story.  The bronze bench ends consist of question marks with ball and claw feet, suggesting mystery and a sense of danger.  She holds the book closed, protectively withholding the ending.  Living in Wallingford, Agatha appeared a shy and unassuming woman, but she had a brilliant and rich inner life.  I hope visitors to the statue will be reminded to pay attention to the power of their own and others’ imagination.’

Location: The Kinecroft, Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Clementine Churchill

Photo: Gaius Cornelius Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: Oscar Nemon (1906-1985)

Unveiled: 13 November 1990 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

Clementine Churchill

Clementine Churchill, Baroness Spencer-Churchill GBE(1885–1977), the wife of Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965) was a life peer in her own right. Their marriage was close in spite of the stress of politics. The sculptor of this work, Oscar Nemon, is known for his series of sculptures of Sir Winston and both the Churchills admired his talent for portraiture. The wording around its base records that it was ‘Presented by Contributors to the Churchill Statue Fund to mark the 50th Anniversary of his becoming Prime Minister in 1940 and the 25th Anniversary of his death.

Location: Chartwell, Kent.

Lady Anne Clifford

Photo: © Frank Gordon

Sculptor: Diane Lawrenson

Founder: Powderhall Bronze

Materials: Bronze

Unveiled: 24 September 2020

Lady Anne Clifford

Lady Anne Clifford, Countess of Dorset, Pembroke and Montgomery, suo jure 14th Baroness de Clifford (1590–1676), the last member of an important medieval dynasty, she fought for 40 years to inherit her father’s estates. She was responsible for the restoration of a series of castles from Skipton to Brougham, near Penrith. A patron of literature, she provided schools, churches and alms houses. The sculpture entitled Lady Anne’s Way shows her walking along with characteristic energy, it is sited on the route of the long distance path of the same name through old Westmorland and Yorkshire. Rooted in history, the sculptor feels the statue is significant for local people, who are concerned about their loss of identity. Many Kirkby Stephen inhabitants descend from ancient Westmorland families, who have lived in the area for generations.

Location: Upper Eden Visitor Centre, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria (formerly Westmorland).

Sophie Constable

Photo: © Gordon Hatton, licensed under CC By-SA 2.0

Sculptor: Ray Lonsdale

Materials: Corten Steel

Dimensions: h. 244 cm. (approx)

Signed: On base: Ray Lonsdale/2023

Inscription: On base: The Ballad of /Sophie Constable

Unveiled: 14 September 2023

Sophie Constable

Sophie Constable was an eleven year old girl, who was sent to Northallerton Prison, Yorkshire, in 1873 sentenced to three weeks hard labour for stealing a loaf of bread from a shop in Whitby. She was youngest female ever to be incarcerated in the prison and said she had only stolen the threepenny loaf of bread because she was hungry. The sculpture, which is entitled The Ballad of Sophie Constable, depicts Sophie holding the loaf of bread with a prison warden standing behind her with a hand on her shoulder. Following her prison sentence, Sophie was sent to a reformatory school for four years. Northallerton Prison closed in 2013, the sculpture is located in the Treadmills development, in front of the women’s wing of the former jail.

Location: East Road, Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

Elizabeth Crichton

Photo: Rosser1954 Wikimedia Commons

 

Sculptor: Bill Scott (1935-2012)

Materials: Bronze

Unveiled: May 2020

Elizabeth Crichton

Elizabeth Crichton (1779–1862) was a philanthropist, who founded the Crichton Royal Hospital in Dumfries. She had wanted to open a university, but was unable to obtain permission and instead founded a mental hospital, which delivered treatment that was very advanced for the time. Ironically, today the hospital estate is a university campus. The memorial statue standing on a stone disc, the sculptor, Bill Scott based on a painting of 1870.

Location: Crichton Campus, Dumfries, Scotland.

Jackie Crookstone

Photo: Kim Traynor Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: David Annand (b.1948)

Materials: Bronze

Jackie Crookstone

Jackie Crookstone (1768-1797) is depicted here in a public sculpture entitled The Tranent Massacre Memorial. She was an activist associated with the riots which led to this massacre and she was one of its victims. Her bronze statue was unveiled in 1995. The figure of the boy was added later for stability.

Location: Civic Square, Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland.

Dr Helen Crummy

Photo: Margaret Ferguson Burns Wikimedia Commons
CC BY-SA 3.0

Sculptor: Tim Chalk (b.1955)

Founder: Powderhall Bronze

Materials: Figures in bronze; doorframe in Jesmonite; base in concrete (casting by Creagh Concrete)

Unveiled: 21 March 2014

Dr Helen Crummy

Dr Helen Crummy (1920-2011) was a social activist, writer and the founder of the Craigmillar Festival Society in 1962. The bronze statues of Crummy and her son (2013-14) are mounted on a concrete base with a Jesmonite doorframe, the sculpture was unveiled on 21 March 2014. For full description and discussion see Ray McKenzie, Public Sculpture of Edinburgh, vol.1, LUP 2018, pp. 310-12.

Location: In front of the East Neighbour Centre, Niddrie Mains Road, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Emily Wilding Davison

Photo: © the artist. Photo credit: Susan Dawson/Art UK

Sculptor: Ray Lonsdale (b.1965)

Materials: Steel

Unveiled: 11 September 2018

Emily Wilding Davison

Emily Wilding Davison (1872–1913), the militant suffragette, who was knocked over by King George V’s horse, when she ran on to the racecourse at the 1913 Epsom Derby and later died from her injuries. This steel statue depicts Davison on hunger strike in prison emptying the food from her bowl. The steel scrolls are inscribed: VOTES / FOR / WOMEN; and: SHE KNEW. / KNEW THEY WOULD COME / WITH A FUNNEL AND PIPE / THAT THEY WOULD COME / MOB HANDED. / RESTRAINING HER BODY BUT / STRENGTHENING HER / CONVICTION. / THEIR MISGUIDED METHODS. / SMALL BRUTAL VICTORIES / ACHIEVING THEIR GREATER / DEFEAT. / AND SHE WAS CONTENT. Davison’s parents both came from Morpeth and she is buried in the family plot there in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin. The statue was commissioned by Northumberland County Council and Morpeth Town Council.

Location: Carlisle Park, Morpeth, Northumberland.

Emily Wilding Davison

Photo:© Mike Longhurst

Sculptor: Christine Charlesworth

Founder: Milwyn Casting, Molesey, Surrey

Materials: Figure in bronze; seat in pale granite

Unveiled: 8 June 2021

Emily Wilding Davison

Emily Wilding Davison (1872 –- 1913) The militant suffragette, sits on a pale granite bench. She is depicted in the hat she wore when she was knocked down by the King George V’s horse, and later died, after running on to the racecourse at the 1913 Epsom Derby. Beside her on the bench are three of her favourite books and her mortarboard, which she always wore when marching with the suffragettes. She wears her hunger strike medal with seven bands to indicate the number of times she was imprisoned. She also wears her Royal Holloway and her suffragette badges. She is turned towards whoever sits down beside her on the bench as if she is in conversation, with her one hand ready to be held and her other hand holding the census form for the Palace of Westminster that was completed by the clerk to include her name after she had spent the night hiding there to avoid being added to it. The statue was unveiled on 8 June 2021, the anniversary of the day she died.

Location: Epsom Market Square, Epsom, Surrey.