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

Statue of Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850)

Summary

Type Statue

     The statue shows Peel in contemporary clothing with a floor length great cloak. He holds a coiled scroll in his left hand and rests his right hand lightly upon his hip. His left foot is forward, the toes of his boot extending over the edge of the bronze plinth. His head is turned in the direction of his newly built home, Drayton Manor.
     The statue was unveiled by Mr Frederick Peel, son of Sir Robert. He congratulated the sculptor on the production of 'an admirable work, whether in the general outline, in the correctness of the proportions, in the resemblance of the features, and in the ease and gracefulness of the posture.(1)
     Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet (1788-1850) was MP for Tamworth 1830-1850 and Prime Minister 1841-1846. This was one of many statues of Peel commissioned throughout England after his death.

Inscriptions

Inscribed on the front of the pedestal: THE/ RIGHT HONORABLE/ SIR ROBERT PEEL, BART/ BORN FEB.Y 6TH 1788/ ELECTED IN THE YEAR 1830/ MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR/TAMWORTH/ WHICH TOWN HE CONTINUED/ TO REPRESENT UNTIL HIS DEATH/ JULY 2ND 1850

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Noble, Matthew Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze 250cm high approx
Pedestal Ashlar 210cm high x 140cm wide x 140cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STtaTAxx001 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road Market Street
Precise location In front of the town hall
A-Z ref 134 3C
OS ref SK207040
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1852
Unveiling details 23rd July 1852
Commissioned by Public subscription
Duty of care Tamworth Borough Council
Listing status II
At risk? Not at risk

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