National Recording Project


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



Type Other

     marble bust on square red marble pedestal
     Following the death of Sir Rowland Hill in 1879, Manchester was one of a number of communities that decided to pay tribute to the man who was acknowledged as the founder of the 'Penny Post', even though he had no direct connection with the city. As a young man, Hill had been a leading figure in the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Full length statues were raised in London and his native town, Kidderminster. A Manchester Sir Rowland Hill Memorial Committee was set up and subscriptions invited. The committee decided on a portrait bust which was commissioned from William Theed. The bust was presented by Alderman Henry Patteson on behalf of the committee to the council in July 1881.(1) (2)
     Sir Rowland Hill, promoter and organiser of of the Penny Post


marble bust on square red marble pedestal

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Theed, William Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Bust Marble 75cm high
Pedestal Marble 131cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Albert Square
Precise location Sculpture Hall
A-Z ref p.158 F1
OS ref SJ835980
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1881
Unveiling details 6 July 1881
Commissioned by Sir Rowland Hill Memorial Committee
Duty of care Manchester City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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