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Ashton's Statues


Pie ManPie man

1. Current Position

Junction of Market Street/Bow Street, Ashton-under-Lyne

2. Date of unveiling

23 September 2005

3. Title

Ashton Market Trader “Uncle John” the Pie Man

4. Name of Designer/Sculptor/Contractor

UK Bronze

5. Members/Officers

Frank Robinson (Project Head of Heritage & Tourism), Service Unit Manager (Arts & Events), Senior Arts & Events Manager

6. More Information

This life sized bronze statue commemorates John Allen, known locally as “Uncle John”. This former collier turned caterer sold pies at local football matches and was well known for his generosity during the cotton famine, providing much needed food, specifically pies to the needy…
 


Waterloo MapWaterloo Map

1. Current Position

War Memorial Site, Oldham Road, Ashton-under-Lyne

2. Date of unveiling

23 June 2008

3. Title

Ashton Waterloo Bronze Heritage Map

4. Name of Designer/Sculptor/Contractor

Leander Architectural

5. Members/Officers

Ashton Members: Lynn Travis, Cath Piddington, Mike Whiteley, Jackie Lane (Project Head of Heritage & Tourism), Service Unit Manager (Arts & Events), Senior Arts & Events Manager

6. More Information
This is one in a series of maps, which highlight places of interest and historical significance in the local area. Cast bronze map mounted on an oak, shingle roofed lectern.
 


Ashton Street Art

      

  
 

1. Current Position

Old Town, running the length of Market Ave, Ashton-under-Lyne

2. Date of unveiling

October 2008

3. Title

Ashton Street Art
4 x children
1 x miner

4. Name of Designer/Sculptor/Contractor

Artist: Peter Walker
Manufacturer: Castle Fine Arts

5. Members/Officers

Former Leader of the Council, Roy Oldham, Councillor Jackie Lane, Adam Allen, Assistant Executive Director, Leanne Feeley, Head of Arts, Events & Tourism, Louise Atkinson, Senior Arts & Events Manager

6. More Information
Unveiled in the lead up to the re-opening of the Market Hall, these exciting town centre artworks were designed to bring a new and vibrant approach to public sculpture in Tameside. The sculptures draw on the town’s unique history whilst enhancing the street scene for visitors to Ashton bringing a smile to people’s faces and surprising passers-by…
 


Football Sculpture

Football Sculpture1. Current Position

Outside Curzon Ashton Football Club, Curzon Road, Ashton

2. Date of unveiling

22 December 2010

3. Title

Football Sculpture

4. Name of Designer/Sculptor/Contractor

Artist: Andy Edwards
Manufacturer: Castle Fine Arts

5. Members/Officers

Leader of the Council, Councillor Roy Oldham Jackie Lane (Project Head of Heritage & Tourism), Service Unit Manager (Arts & Events), Senior Arts & Events Manager

6. More Information
Located outside Curzon Ashton FC in the Roy Oldham Sports Village, this life sized sculpture features three holders of football World Cup winner’s medals: Sir Geoff Hurst MBE (born in Ashton) and Jimmy Armfield CBE (born in Denton), who were with England in 1966, and Simone Perrotta (born in Ashton) who played for Italy in 2006.

 

Ashton Old Town


1.Current Positions


Jnct Stamford St Central and George St; Immediately outside “The Feathers” public house.
Jnct Stamford St and Oldham Rd, behind the Old RBS building.
Jnct  Warrington St and Market Ave.

2. Date of unveiling

2002

3.Title

Ashton Old Town

4. Name of Designer/Sculptor/Contractor

Artist: Michael Johnson
Manufacturer: Michael Johnson

5. Members/Officers

6. More Information

These works are sited at the boundaries of the medieval old town, and contain castings referencing the town's industries, social history and folklore. Manufactured from stainless steel with bronze elements these sculptures illustrate the rich and diverse history of Ashton.

 

The Glory of the Garden

Current Position

Radcliffe Freedom Gardens; opposite Lilly’s restaurant Oldham Road, Ashton.



Date of unveiling

1994

Title

The Glory of the Garden

4. Name of Designer/Sculptor/Contractor

Artist: Paul Margetts
Manufacturer: Paul Margetts

5. Members/Officers

6. More Information

Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s poem of the same name, this sculpture was commissioned as a focal point for the newly created; new Radcliffe Freedom Gardens. The original ones having been built over in the earlier re-development of the town centre.

 

Ashton Munitions Explosion

 

1.         Current Position
Stamford St West Adjacent to Ashton Old baths


2.         Date of unveiling

2010

3.         Title

Munitions Factory Explosion Memorial Sculpture

4.         Name of Designer/Sculptor/Contractor

Artist: Paul Margetts
Manufacturer: Paul Margetts

5.         Members/Officers

6.         More Information
The sculpture was designed in conjunction with local school children as a memorial to the 1917 munitions factory explosion. A TNT factory that produced explosives for WW1, caught fire and the subsequent explosion killed many people and left hundreds wounded and homeless. The sculpture is fabricated in stainless steel and electro-polished.
 

Hugh Mason Statue

1. Current Position

Trafalgar Square, Stockport Road, Ashton



2. Date of unveiling

The Statue was originally unveiled in 1887 at Chester Square, Ashton. Following traffic improvement works, the statue was moved to Henry Square in 1972 and moved again to its current location in the mid 1990’s during the redevelopment of St Petersfield.

3. Title

Hugh Mason 1817-1886

4. Name of Designer/Sculptor/Contractor

Artist: J.W. Swynnerton
Manufacturer: J.W. Swynnerton

5. Members/Officers

John Addison MP

6.  Other Information
This life-size statue of Hugh Mason stands proudly on a polished granite pedestal.  The pedestal carries the inscription "Hugh Mason, born 1817 died 1886". The monument originally stood in Chester Square.

Hugh Mason was a much loved and revered local industrialist, philosopher and philanthropist. He established Oxford Mills and built the adjacent workers' housing.

 

Lord Sheldon Way Statues

                 
 
1. Current Position

These seven statues run the length of the Lord Sheldon way, between Richmond St and Manchester Rd.


 
2. Date of unveiling

November 2008

3. Title

Lord Sheldon Way Statues

4. Name of Designer/Sculptor/Contractor
Artist: Chris Butler
Manufacturer: Castle Fine Art

5. Members/Officers
Former Leader of the Council, Roy Oldham, Councillor Jackie Lane, Adam Allen, Assistant Executive Director, Leanne Feeley, Head of Arts, Events & Tourism, Frank Travis Economic Initiatives Manager
 
6. More Information
These seven aluminium statues are located along Lord Sheldon Way at the boundary of Ashton and Audenshaw. Designed to enhance the street scene for visitors to Ashton at this important western gateway, these sculptures represent the community at leisure and relate to activities close to the site including; cycling, jogging, brass bands, gardening, cricket and football. With a style of presentation that brings a technically innovative approach to public art. The sculptures installed along Lord Sheldon Way, mark the gateway to Ashton-under-Lyne and welcome local people and visitors to the town.
 

The Family


1. Current Position

To the rear of Ashton Indoor market on Fletcher Square



2. Date of unveiling

1995

3.Title

The Family

4. Name of Designer/Sculptor/Contractor

Artist: Paul Margetts
Manufacturer: Paul Margetts

5. Members/Officers

6.  More Information

Located in Ashton-under-Lyne, Town Centre, this 3.5 metres high sculpture (plus plinth) is forged and fabricated in mild steel, zinc weather protected and finished in graphite black paint. Creating a unique focal point for Fletcher square, this sculpture both enhances the square and engenders civic pride.
 
 
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