The Messenger
The Messenger
The Messenger
The Messenger
The Messenger
The Messenger
The Messenger

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A seated soldier holding a bugle. Space has been left on his seat for another person to sit beside him. His presence in the garden is to generate thought and contemplation. The sculpture is accompanied by quarried blocks of stone into which are incised the words of a poem written during the First World War. The poem 'A Letter to Daddy' was written by a child mill worker from Chorley, a girl with the initials M. L., to her father serving in action.

The Messenger




millstone grit


H 157 x W 60 x D 98 cm;
Plinth: H 62 x W 149 x D 76 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

commissioned by Chorley Borough Council; funded by the Armed Forces Covenant

Work type

War memorial


Chorley Borough Council


Chorley Borough Council

Work status


Unveiling date

July 2018


time restrictions apply

Access note

park opening times


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Located at

Walled Garden, Astley Park, Chorley


Part of the Garden of Reflection in Astley Hall's Walled Garden.