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James Brindley (1716–1772)
James Brindley (1716–1772)
James Brindley (1716–1772)
James Brindley (1716–1772)
James Brindley (1716–1772)
James Brindley (1716–1772)

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James Brindley was one of the most notable engineers of the eighteenth century and is often referred to as England's first engineer and the 'father of English canals'. He was born in Tunstead in Derbyshire and lived much of his life in Leek in Staffordshire. The statue stands on a tall square-sectioned plinth, facing the canal he was responsible for building. He is shown in contemporary eighteenth-century dress with his right hand resting upon a theodolite, an instrument he would have used for surveying land for the canals. His left arm is bent at the elbow and tucked behind his back.
Title

James Brindley (1716–1772)

Date

1990

Medium

bronze & stone

Measurements

Plinth: H 180 x W 100 x D 100 cm

Accession number

ST1_IB_S006

Acquisition method

commissioned by the Brindley Committee

Work type

Statue

Owner

Stoke on Trent City Council

Custodian

Stoke on Trent City Council

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

20th July 1990

Access

at all times

Inscription description

front of plinth: JAMES / BRINDLEY / CANAL ENGINEER / 1716-1772 / UNVEILED BY / LORD HESKETH / UNDER SECRETARY / OF STATE / FOR THE / ENVIRONMENT / 20TH JULY 1990; around base of plinth, from front: THIS STATUE WAS ERECTED BY THE / BRINDLEY COMMITTEE / GUY BANKS. BILL COSTELLO. / VERA ROWLEY. JOHN SUTTON. DAVID SALT. / BRIAN KEELING. GORDON MYATT. PAT OSBORN; on back of plinth: SCULPTOR / COLIN MELBOURNE / ON BEHALF OF THE CALDON CANAL / SOCIETY / THE STOKE-ON-TRENT BOAT CLUB / THE INLAND WATERWAYS / ASSOCIATION. / THE TRENT AND MERSEY / CANAL SOCIETY / THE CITY OF / STOKE-ON-TRENT / AND BRITISH WATERWAYS

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Located at

Kilndown Close, Etruria Locks, Stoke-on-Trent

ST1 4RB

Opposite Etruria Industrial Museum, at the junction of the Trent and Mersey and Caldon Canals.