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

ABEL HEYWOOD

Summary

Type Other

     Marble bust, on square black yellow mottled marble pedestal
     Presented by Dr. John Watts and Henry Slatter on behalf of the subscribers and accepted by the corporation on 20 October 1880
     Abel Heywood was one of the leading liberals in Victorian Manchester. He had come to prominence in his fight against the taxes on knowledge, having ben imprisoned for selling the unstamped press. He became an active member of the council and served on a number of key committees. He was best remembered for chairing the committee which oversaw the building of the new town hall. He was mayor in 1877, on which occasion he opened the Town Hall. He was still alive when the bust was presented.. He was referred to as the father of the council in the letter accompanying the presentation of the bust (1) (2)

Inscriptions

ALDERMAN ABEL HEYWOOD, MAYOR, 1862. 1876

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Swynnerton, Joseph William Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Bust Marble 92cm high
Pedestal Marble 120cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
MR/MTH23 MR
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Albert Square
Precise location Sculpture Hall
A-Z ref p.158 F1
OS ref SJ835980
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1880
Unveiling details 20 October 1880
Commissioned by Subscribers/friends
Duty of care Manchester City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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