National Recording Project


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

Heroic Worker


Type Statue

     This bronze statue of a workman stands on a circle of bricks. He is dressed in clogs, trousers, waistcoat and a shirt with rolled-up sleeves. His right hand holds the handle of a sledgehammer; his left hand holds the handle of a shovel. The bronze has been textured and coloured to give a rough, clay-like appearance.
     This work is one of a series commissioned for Dudley's new Southern By-pass, and funded through the Percent for Art scheme. For the driver or pedestrian, the road will provide a passage through time, whereby each artwork is loosely inspired by an era. This particular piece recalls the contribution of the local labour force to Dudley's industrial history. It was cast at Castle Foundry in Oswestry.
     The figure depicts an anvil or chainmaker, both jobs which used to be common in the area.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Bews, Phillip Artist
Gorvin, Diane Artist

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Figure Bronze 3m high x 1.65m wide x 1.1m deep
Base Brick 3.5m diameter circle of bricks

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMduDUjj027 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Southern By-Pass
Precise location On north edge of the roundabout at junction with Cinder Bank
A-Z ref 54 D5
OS ref SO939893
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 2000
Unveiling details 6 August 2000
Commissioned by Dudley Southern By-Pass Commission
Duty of care Dudley MBC
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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