Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial
Ashton Memorial

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This neo-baroque monument to a family of linoleum manufacturers, dominates the city on a terrace at the top of Williamson Park. There is a huge central dome surrounded by four much smaller cupolas, and the monument is rich in porticos, entablatures, pediments, balustrades, pilasters, decorative carving and columns of various orders. There is a considerable amount of decorative sculpture but allegorical figurative sculpture is confined to Hampton’s three statues on a high circular balcony just beneath the dome. They seem to represent: Commerce shown with a small ship, ledger and quill pen resting her hand on a bale of cotton; Science with chemical apparatus and a putto with a telephone to his ear; and Art holding a sculptural model and singing, accompanied by a putto playing a musical instrument.

Title

Ashton Memorial

Date

1909

Medium

white Portland stone, Cornish granite & Hopton Wood stone

Measurements

H 4500 x W 3000 x D 3000 cm (E)

Accession number

LA1_AC_S002

Acquisition method

gift from Lord Ashton (James Williamson)

Work type

Monument

Owner

Lancaster City Council

Custodian

Lancaster City Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade I (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

1909

Listing date

22/12/53

Access

at all times

Access note

public parking by the junction of Wyresdale Road and Coulston Road

Inscription description

on gilded plaque inside, surmounted by the Williamson arms: THIS BUILDING WAS ERECTED BY / THE RIGHT HON. LORD ASHTON / AS A MEMORIAL TO HIS FAMILY AND / PRESENTED TO THE INHABITANTS / OF LANCASTER A.D.1907 / JOHN BELCHER R.A. ARCHITECT

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Located at

Williamson Park, Quernmore Road, Lancaster

LA1 3JT

In the middle of Williamson Park.