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Elizabeth Gaskell

Photo: Marion Dutcher / Gaskell Memorial Tower, Knutsford, Cheshire / CC BY-SA 2.0

Sculptor: after Hamo Thornycroft (1850-1925)

Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), Victorian novelist, biographer and writer of short stories. Gaskell lived in Knutsford with her aunt and later was married there. Her  portrait bust is in a niche on Gaskell Memorial Tower. It is a copy of a bust made in 1897 by Hamo Thornycroft (1850-1925), now at the University of Manchester Library, which itself was a copy of a plaster bust by David Dunbar (1792-1866), which was executed c.1829. The marble (?) bust was in place on the Tower by 1913.

Location: Gaskell Memorial Tower, King Street, Knutsford , Cheshire.

Sculptor: Achille D'Orsi (1845-1929)

Materials: Bronze

Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865), Victorian novelist, biographer and writer of short stories. Gaskell lived in Knutsford with her aunt and later was married there. This bronze portrait relief of Gaskell by the Italian sculptor, Achille D’Orsi, was originally on the front of Knutsford Post Office, but has now moved to right side of Gaskell Memorial Tower.

Location: Gaskell Memorial Tower, King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire.

Sculptor: James Gifford

Euphaim Veatch, Lady Gifford

Euphaim Veatch, Lady Gifford.  Her memorial formed part of a market cross and public well, which was carved by her husband James, the local stonemason in c.1666. The pedestal was originally decorated with statues of Lady Gifford and her five children. The cross was replaced and made into a clock tower in 1894, by which time the figures of her children had disappeared.  Her original carved figure was removed in 1996 to prevent further weathering and is now in the local Graham Institute, West Linton. Lady Gifford’s figure was replaced in 2001 with a cast by Graciela Ainsworth Associates Edinburgh.  The memorial is listed Category B, for further details see listing designation.

Location: Graham Institute (original); Clock Tower (replica) , West Linton, Scottish Borders.

Ann Glanville

Photo: Peter Holmes / Ann Glanville, Fore Street / CC BY-SA 2.0

Materials: Fibreglass

Unveiled: 5 September 2013

Ann Glanville

Ann Glanville (1796-1880) a champion rower, who raced Cornish pilot gigs (six-oared wooden rowing boats). Her statue was originally sited in Fore Street, Saltash, but in 2018 was relocated to Saltash waterside.

Location: Saltash waterside, Cornwall

Lady Godiva

Photo: By Cmglee – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0. Public Domain, Commons Wikimedia.

Sculptor: Sir William Reid-Dick K.C.V.O RA (1878-1961)

Founder: Morris Singer

Materials: Sculpture in bronze; pedestal in Portand stone

Signed: Yes

Unveiled: 22 October 1949

Listed: Grade II* (1031589 ) 15.04.1998

Lady Godiva

Lady Godiva ( -1067) was a religious woman renowned for her generous gifts to churches and abbeys. Her birth date is unknown, but her marriage to Leofric, Earl of Mercia in c.1035 is chronicled. She was a wealthy landowner in her own right. Godiva pleaded with her husband to reduce the heavy taxes on the people of Coventry and he promised to do so if she would ride naked through the city. She ordered the people of Coventry to stay indoors, cover their windows and close their doors and made a cloak of her hair to cover herself. The story of her ride was first told in the 12th century. This striking lifesize equestrian bronze statue, entitled Self-Sacrifice, representing Godiva on her ride, was sculpted by William Reid-Dick and was commissioned by W.H. Bassett-Green, a Coventry industrialist, who presented it to the city. The Historic England listing entry explains that this public sculpture ‘symbolised the regeneration of Coventry after its bombing and was donated to boost morale at a time when rebuilding work was delayed by shortages.’ In its original location facing the clock tower of Broadgate House (where it could be seen by ‘Peeping Tom) it created a focal point for Broadgate. In 1990 it was turned around and now faces the Upper Precinct. The design of the pedestal is similar to the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens (d.1944), who had been a friend of Reid-Dick. The pedestal is inscribed on two sides with lines from Lord Alfred Tennyson’s poem ‘Godiva’, the name of Bassett-Green, the donor, is on the third. For further details see George T. Noszlopy, Public Sculpture of Warwickshire, Coventry & Solihull, LUP, 2003, pp. 124-25.

Location: Entrance to Broadgate shopping centre, Coventry.

Sculptor: Lois Carson (b.1961)

Founder: Black Isle Bronze Ltd

Materials: Bronze

Elizabeth Grant

Elizabeth Grant (1842-1925) is depicted with her husband William, dressed in his Gordon Highlanders’ uniform, in a bronze sculpture commissioned by Glenfiddich Distillery, which was unveiled in 2018. The couple married in 1860, founded the Distillery in 1886 and had two daughters and seven sons. Glenfiddich is one of the few single malt distilleries which is still entirely family owned.

Location: Glenfiddich Visitor Centre, Dufftown, Scotland.

Alice Hawkins

Photo: Kiran Parmar Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: Sean Hedges-Quinn (b.1968)

Materials: Bronze

Unveiled: 4 February 2018

Alice Hawkins

Alice Hawkins (1863-1946), major figure in the Leicestershire Suffrage Society. This bronze statue was unveiled in 2018.

Location: Green Dragon Square, Leicester.

Dolores Ibarruri

Photo: Ciaran Roarty Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: Arthur Dooley (1929-1994)

Materials: Scrap iron and fibreglass

Erected: December 1979

Dolores Ibarruri

Dolores Ibarruri (1895-1989),  activist, who fought for the Republican cause against Franco in the Spanish Civil War 1936-39. She was known as ‘La Pasionaria’, (the Passionflower). Commissioned by the International Brigade Association of Scotland as a memorial to the 2,100 British volunteers who fought for the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War. The memorial has an inscription dedicated to the 534 volunteers who died, 65 of whom were from Glasgow. The plinth bears Ibarruri’s slogan ‘better to die on your feet than live forever on your knees.’ Erected in 1979, the statue was created from scrap iron and fibreglass and fell into disrepair, it was restored in 2010.

Location: On the banks of the Clyde between Jamaica Street and Howard Street, Glasgow, Scotland.

Lady Annie Jerningham

Photo: Nilfanion Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: O. P. Pennacchini

Designer: Sir Hubert Jerningham (Lady Jerningham's husband) and Walter Ingram

Materials: Statue white marble, base grey granite.

Signed and dated: O. P. Penachini

Erected: 1908

Listed: Grade II (1041699) 20.05.1971

Lady Annie Jerningham

Annie, Lady Jerningham (1850-1902), philanthropist. She was first married to Charles Mather of Longridge Towers, Berwick. Hubert Jerningham, a British diplomat and Member of Parliament for Berwick (1881-1885) was her second husband and the designer of this memorial. She is depicted sitting with her two dogs, the larger looks up at her with its paw resting on her lap, and she rests her hand on the smaller which is at her side. The Historic England listing comments that this is ‘a life-size monument of high aesthetic quality in scale and detailing and which displays considerable sculptural merit; it occupies its original location, visible from the subject’s home,’ at Longridge Towers. For further details see  Historic England and Paul Usherwood, Jeremy Beach and Catherine Morris, Public Sculpture of North-East England, LUP 2000, pp. 14-15.

Location: Bankhill, Marygate, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland.

Amy Johnson CBE

Photo: David Wright from

Sculptor: Harry Ibbetson

Materials: Statue in Portland stone on concrete base

Unveiled: 18 July 1974 by the aviator, Miss Sheila Scott O.B.E.

Amy Johnson CBE

Amy Johnson CBE (1903-1941), pioneering aviator, first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. The statue depicts Johnson in her flying gear and the base has a bronze medallion of her aeroplane.The memorial was erected by the Amy Johnson Memorial Committee.

Location: In front of shopping centre, Prospect Street, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire.