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Joseph Locke Memorial
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19th century
Barnsley, South Yorkshire
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Location: Locke Park, Barnsley. Description: Detail: the statue - A larger than life bronze statue on a red granite base, surrounded by an square enclosure with a Portland stone balustrade with turned balusters and square, panelled corner piers with ornamental capitals. The frock-coated figure of Locke is standing holding papers in his left hand and with his right hand at his lapel. Inscriptions: On the front face of the square base to the statue: 'Joseph Locke'. Commission: The Institute of Civil Engineers. The Barnsley Chronicle devoted the major part of its edition of January 20th 1866 to the event. The inauguration of the statue took place January 18th January at the insistance of the Institute, despite local misgivings about likely inclement weather at this time of year. In the event the day was spectacularly fine and after a procession from the centre of Barnsley had made its way up to Locke Park, escorted by members of the Barnsley Volunteers, the statue was unveiled by John Fowler, President of the Institute of Civil Engineers. History: Joseph Locke (1805-1860), born in Attercliffe Common, Sheffield. He went to Barnsley Grammar School and then trained as a surveyor at Pelaw. His father had worked with George Stephenson and Joseph Locke went to Newcastle-upon-Tyne to work for Stephenson alongside Stephenson's son, Robert. He became one of the key figures in the development of the railway network in both England and France. In 1835 he worked on the Grand Junction Railway and subsequently built the South-Western, Sheffield & Manchester, and Scottish lines between London & Edinburgh. In 1838 he worked in France building lines between Paris & Rouen, Rouen & Havre, Rouen & Dieppe and Cherbourg Railway. For this he was made Chevalier and Officer of the Legion of Honour. He became an MP from 1849 and died in September 1860 in Weybridge, Surrey. Under the terms of his will Locke Park was purchased and given to the people of Barnsley. Locke's reputation as an important figure in railway engineering is largely forgotten today, but there is no doubt that at the time he was more highly regarded. In his address at the unveiling of the statue John Fowler spoke of Locke's work developing railways in England referring to the trio of George Stephenson, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Locke as "the giants of the engineering profession". [1] Comment: A replica of this statue was erected in October 1950 in Barentin, Normandy, France by local people to commemorate Joseph Locke who built a 27-arch viaduct there. [2] References: [1] Barnsley Chronicle January 20th 1866. [2] E-mail from Carol Clark to David Ball 11/3/2002
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Dave Ball
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Italian. Active in Britain and France.
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Parks -- England (South Yorkshire)
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Sculpture -- England (South Yorkshire)
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Public art -- England (South Yorkshire)
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Memorials -- England
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Monuments -- England
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Locke, Joseph, 1805-1860
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Sculpture -- 1800-1900