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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009



     Standing figure dressed in overcoat and cap.
     Commissioned by Roger Tanner for the Saddleworth Festival of the Arts of May 1991. The Manchester-based sculptor James Collins was chosen to provide the work. Collins based the sculpture on a well-known drawing of Wrigley which showed the poet on the moors in his hat and coat. The sculpture was unveiled by the local MP, Richard Wainwright in May 1991. The work was not without its critics though most of the public comments were directed at the pedestal rather than the statue itself. Objections were raised to the use of concrete when local stone would have been more in keeping with the site and, more importantly, the man.(1)
     Ammon Wrigley (1861-1946) lived and died 'on the cold grey hills' of Saddleworth. He was born in Friarmere, Saddleworth in 1861 into a working-class family which was familiar with hardship and poverty. By the age of nine Wrigley was working as a part- timer in a local textile mill. He showed an early interest in books and literature and wrote his first poem at the age of twelve. An interest in the folklore and history of the district followed, and it was these aspects of the Pennine culture which he came to record and celebrate in his writings. In prose and poetry he offered an intensely parochial vision of a world that he knew was disappearing. Wrigley died in 1946 and, in keeping with his own wishes, his ashes were scattered at the Dinner Stone on Millstone Edge, Delph where a bronze memorial plaque was placed.



Contributor details

Contributor Role
Collins, James Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze 183 cm high
Pedestal Concrete 30 cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Metallic staining
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road None
Precise location Next to museum and car park
A-Z ref p.69
OS ref SJ996055
Date of design 1989-91
Year of unveiling 1991
Unveiling details 25 May 1991
Commissioned by Roger Tanner
Duty of care unknown
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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