John Laird (1805–1874)
John Laird (1805–1874)
John Laird (1805–1874)
John Laird (1805–1874)
John Laird (1805–1874)
John Laird (1805–1874)
John Laird (1805–1874)
John Laird (1805–1874)
John Laird (1805–1874)
John Laird (1805–1874)
John Laird (1805–1874)
John Laird (1805–1874)
John Laird (1805–1874)
John Laird (1805–1874)
John Laird (1805–1874)

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A statue commemorating the life of John Laird, shipbuilder, politician and benefactor, who is depicted in the ordinary dress of an English gentleman of the times and standing as if speaking to a meeting. In his right hand he holds plans for Birkenhead docks.

John Laird (1805–1874)


bronze, granite & stone


H 320 x W 110 x D 110 cm (E);
Plinth: H 440 x W 350 x D (?) cm (E)

Accession number


Acquisition method

commissioned by public subscription

Work type


Work status


Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

31st October 1877

Listing date



at all times

Inscription description

inscribed in gold lettering on the pedestal front: JOHN LAIRD / BORN 14 JUNE 1805 / DIED 29 OCTOBER 1874


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Located at

Hamilton Square, Birkenhead

CH41 5AR

Located at the west side.