Manchester has a rich and diverse array of statues to the people and events that shaped the city and to a significant extent forged the modern science, technology, industry and commerce that heralded the modern age. These are the city fathers and founders of Manchester.
We have tried to make this listing comprehensive, but would happily welcome suggestions for inclusion, as well as information on any which
have been inadvertently omitted.
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Left to Right: The Robert Owen Statue in Balloon Street; Queen Victoria Monument, Piccadilly Gardens, The Oliver Cromwell Statue, Wythenshawe Park; South African War Memorial, St Ann’s Square.
Manchester Town Hall
- James Prescott Joule – by Alfred Gilbert, 1893.
- John Dalton – by Francis Legatt Chantrey, 1839.
- John Bright – by William Theed, 1887.
- Romaine Callender – by John Warrington Wood, 1880.
- Sir Joseph Heron – by John Warrington Wood.
- Richard Cobden – by E G Papworth, 1886.
- William Gladstone – by Patric Park.
- Rowland Hill – by Patric Park.
- John Potter – by Patric Park.
- Henry Leifchild -by George Wilson.
- Oliver Cromwell – by Matthew Noble.
- William Fairbairn – by Edward Geflowski, 1878.
- Daniel McCabe – by John Cassidy, 1914-15.
- Charles Pelham Villiers – by William Theed.
- Albert Memorial Monument – by
Thomas Worthington, 1861-67.
- Figure of Prince Albert (Albert
memorial) – by Matthew Noble.
- Bishop James Fraser – by
Thomas Woolner, 1888.
- Oliver Heywood – by Albert
- William Gladstone – by
Mario Raggi, 1901.
- John Bright – by Albert
- Jubilee Fountain – Albert
Square, by John Cassidy, 1897.
- Humphrey Chetham – by William
- Charles Lawson – by John Bacon,
- Bishop James Fraser – sculptor
- Hugh Birley – sculptor
- Thomas Fleming – by Edward Hodges
- Elizabeth Trafford – by George
- James Moorhouse – outside wall
of Cathedral, date and sculptor unknown.
- “Adrift” – Portland
Street, by John Cassidy.
- Queen Victoria Monument – by
Edward Onslow Ford, 1901.
- Robert Peel – by William
Calder Marshall, 1853.
- Duke of Wellington Monument
– by Matthew Noble, 1856.
- James Watt – by William Theed,
- John Dalton – by William
Other City Centre Statues & Monuments
- Abraham Lincoln
– Lincoln Square, Brazenose Street, by George Grey Barnard, 1919.
Formerly located in the gardens at Platt Hall in Rusholme.
- Joseph Brotherton
– Bridge Street, walkway by River Irwell, by Matthew Noble, 1858.
- “Doves of
Peace” – Bridge Street, Manchester, by Michael Lyons,
- John Rylands
– Rylands Library, Deansgate, by John Cassidy.
- Enriqueta Rylands
– Rylands Library, Deansgate, by John Cassidy.
– Outside Manchester Evening News, Deansgate, by Keith
- William Shakespeare
– niche over entrance, former Theatre Royal, Peter’s Street, sculptor
- Korean War Memorial
– inside doorway of Britannia Hotel, Portland Street, by unknown
- “The Sentry”
– inside doorway, niche, Britannia Hotel, Portland Street, by
Charles Sargeant Jagger, 1922.
- St Peter’s Cross
– St Peter’s Square next to Cenotaph, by Temple Moore, 1908.
for Peace & Freedom” – outside Town Hall Extension,
St Peter’s Square, by Phillip Jackson, 1988.
of Peace” – Peace Garden, corner of Mosley Street
and Princess Street, by Barbara Pearson, 1986.
- Cenotaph –
St Peter’s Square, by Sir Edwin Lutyens, 1922-24.
- Richard Cobden
– St Ann’s Square, next to St Ann’s Church, by Marshall Wood,
- South African War Memorial
– St Ann’s Square, by William Hamo Thorneycroft, 1907-08.
- “The Reading Girl”
– Manchester Central Library, staircase to Shakespeare
Hall, by Giovanni Ciniselli, date unknown, unveiled in 1938 at
- Sir John Potter
– Local Studies Unit, Manchester Central Library, St Peter’s Square,
by Patric Park, 1854.
- Charles W Sutton
– Manchester Central Library, Social Science Library, first floor,
by John Cassidy, date unknown.
– under arch opposite Barnes Wallis Building, Altrincham
Street, by Thompson W Dagnall, 1990.
- “Monument to Vimto”
– adjacent to UMIST Building, Altrincham Street, by
Kerry Morrison, 1992.
- The Technology Arch
– outside entrance to UMIST Building, Altrincham Street,
by Axel Wolkenhauer, 1989.
– outside UMIST, Altrincham Street, by Marshall Hall,
- “Insulator Family”
– in front of Ferranti Building, UMIST, Granby Row,
by Christopher Rose-Innes, 1987.
- “UMIST Cube”
– Granby Row, by Christopher Rose-Innes, 1991.
- “Luca Pacioli”
– Conference Centre, UMIST, Thompson W Dagnall, 1994.
- “A Bigger Splash”
– UMIST, by Liam Curtin, 1997.
– Grosvenor Place Hall of Residence, Manchester University,
by Christopher Rose-Innes, date unknown.
- Robert Owen
– outside Co-op Bank Building, corner of Balloon Street &
Corporation Street, by Gilbert Bayes, 1994.
– Arndale Centre, Market Street, by Franta Belsky, 1977.
- “The Little
Prince” – St Mary’s Gate, by Jane Ackroyd, 1985.
- “St George”
– outside former YMCA Building, Peter Street, by unknown sculptor,
– Liverpool Road, Castlefield, next to Roman Fort, by Ted Roocroft,
- “Ishinki Touchstone”
– outside Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, by
Kan Yasuda. 1996.
- Sir John Barbirolli
– Barbirolli Square, Lower Mosley Street, by Byron Howard,
- “Visual Poem”
– Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, by Deryck Healey,
- Lancashire &
Yorkshire Railway War Memorial –
Victoria Station, 1922, artist unknown.
- Charles Rolls &
Henry Royce – Midland Hotel, Peter Street, by Lynda
- “Navvy’s Dinner”
– Castlefield, beside Bridgewater Canal, by Locky Morris,
- Post Office Peace
Memorial – Oldham Road, by J Ashton Floyd, 1929.
- “Life Cycle”
– outside Deansgate Station, Whitworth Street, by George
- “New Broom”
– corner of John Street and Hilton Street, Northern
Quarter, by George Wylie, 1999.
- “Tib Street
Horn” – junction of Tib Street and Church Street,
by David Kemp, 1999.
- “Symbolic Group
– Thoeology, Science & Art” – lobby of John
Rylands Library, corner of Spinningfields and Deansgate, by John
- Sir Thomas More
– Crown Courts, by Thomas Woolner, date unknown.
Outlying & Suburban Statues & Monuments
- Benjamin Brierley
– Queens Park, Harpurhey,
by John Cassidy, 1898.
- Frederick Chopin
– inside Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford Road,
by Ludwika Nitschowa, 1973.
- John Dalton
– outside Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street,
by William Theed, 1854-55.
- John Owens
– niche above entrance to Whitworth Building, Manchester University,
Oxford Road, by Harry Bates, 1886.
- “The Runner”
– Heaton Park, by John Longden, 1961. Stolen in 1968
– whereabouts unknown.
- King Edward VII
– Whitworth Park, alongside Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road,
by John Cassidy, 1913.
- Oliver Cromwell
– Wythenshawe Park, facing the Hall, by Matthew Noble, 1875 –
formerly located opposite Manchester Cathedral.
- “Christ Blessing
Little Children” – located at Whitworth Park, corner
of Moss Lane East and Oxford Road, by George Tinworth, 1895.
- John Ashton Nicholls
Memorial – Ellen Wilkinson High School, Hyde Road, by
J & H Patteson, 1860.
- “Mother and
Two Children” – located inside grounds of Ducie
High School, Lloyd Street, Whitworth Park, by Kevin Johnson, 1998.
- Hugh Oldham
– Telfer Road, Rusholme, rear entrance to Manchester Grammar School,
by William Macmillan, 1931.
- Manchester Martyr’s
Memorial – St Joseph’s Cemetery, Lightbowne Road, Moston,
by J Geraghty, 1898.
- “The Ascent
of Man” – Manchester Airport Terminal 1 Departure
Lounge, by Elizabeth Frink, 1964.
- Parachute Regiment
Memorial – glass wall mural in Ringway Prayer Room,
Manchester Airport Terminal 1, by Margaret Traherne, 1963.
- Reg Harris
– Manchester Velodrome, Eastlands, by James Butler, 1994.
– outside Whitworth Art Gallery, Oxford Road, by Michael Lyons,
to Wory About” – Collyhurst Road, by Jonathan Woolfenden,
1994. (Please note that ‘Wory’ is not a typographical error
– it is the correct spelling!!).
- “The B of
the Bang” – SportCity, Eastlands, by Tom Heatherwick,
2005. Dismantled in August 2009 owing to dangerous pieces falling
off the sculpture.
- Henry Hunt Obelisk
– located corner of Round Chapel, Every Street, Ancoats, 1842,
- Ernest Jones
– Ardwick, 1871, sculptor unknown.
- “The Four
Estates” – Clopton Walk, Hulme, 1970, unknown sculptor.