S is for Statues

There are lots of statues of the great and the good, mostly in typical noble poses, but I found a few works locally that are a little bit different. Click for larger images.

The first statue is an all action recreation of Eric Evans Mee who captained the England rugby team from 1956 to 1958. It stands on Ashton New Road, Audenshaw, outside Aldwinians Rugby Union Football Club, Eric’s first club and where he was president from 1960 to 1966.

You’ll find this statue of a seal outside Hyde town hall. It commemorates Hyde Seals Swimming and Water Polo Club’s treble of world water polo championships in 1904-06. From the Tameside website:

The Hyde Seals’ men’s team travelled to Paris in 1904 as English champions. They took part in a competition organised by the French newspaper L’Auto and defeated the defending champions, Brussels, 14-2 in a match which was played in the River Marne. On their return home, the players were met at Godley Junction railway station by a band playing “Hail the Conquering Hero Comes”.

The team included George Wilkinson who was to captain Great Britain to the Olympic water polo gold at the 1908 games in London and at Stockholm in 1912. The Hyde Seals returned to Paris in 1905 and 1906 to retain their title.

The club’s achievements did not end 100 years ago, and has produced swimmers such as Lillian Preece, who represented Great Britain at the 1948 Olympics and Sylvia Platt-Rogers who won a relay silver at the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

This statue stands behind the market hall in Ashton and commemorates ‘Uncle John’ the Pieman who traded there. John Harrison was well-known for his generosity to the poor during the hard times of the late 1800s and you can make out the pie crusts peeping out of the top of his basket.

The final statue is of L S Lowry and can be found at the centre of Mottram-in-Longdendale, the artist’s home from 1948 until his death in 1976. {His house is up for sale if you’re interested} It shows the artist with pencil and sketch pad in hand, although he must have had x-ray eyes, because his drawing is of Mottram Crown Pole which you can’t see from where he is sitting.

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5 comments… Add yours
  • Yorkshire Pudding 24th November 2010

    I have passed the Lowry statue many times – usually bound for Manchester Airport. I applaud whoever decided to honour the great artist in this way, even though I pity him the view of trundling traffic. He painted matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs, not Scania trucks, Ford Fiestas and Glossop-bound delivery vans.

  • Mr Parrot 24th November 2010

    The thing about the Lowry statue is that it looks so natural in its setting you almost don’t notice it.

  • Trevor Rowley 18th July 2011

    I’m reasonably sure that the statue of Eric Evans doesn’t stand on Ashton New Road (A662), although that seems to be where the front entrance to the rugby club is situated. More particularly, the statue can be found on Manchester Road (A635) which is a continuation of Ashton Old Road, and appears to be sited against the rear fence of the rugby club. I hope this helps.

  • Mr Parrot 18th July 2011

    Thanks Trevor — my mistake. The statue is indeed on Manchester Road.


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