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George Stephenson

Wylam, Northumberland 1781 - Chesterfield 1848
British civil engineer and mechanical engineer during the Industrial Revolution; renowned as the 'Father of Railways'
Stephen Hicklin

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Statue of George Stephenson. It is described by the Chesterfield Art Map as:

Whereas nineteenth-century statues of the railway pioneer erected in Newcastle, Liverpool and London used either classical garb or coat-and-trousers naturalism to depict an immobile, thoughtful figure, Hicklin uses a contemporary heightened realism to present him as a dynamic super-hero. Indeed, the statue's iconography is reminiscent of contemporary fantasy films, on which the artist has occasionally worked as a scenic sculptor. Stephenson's commanding pose echoes the splayed engineering compasses[?] in his right hand, while his left hand proffers a model of his early steam locomotive, Locomotion. He stands astride a wheel, modelled on those of Rocket, his later and more famous locomotive developed with his son Robert. The inscription on the wheel gives the engineer’s name and dates, and adapts a phrase from his modern biographer, L.T.C. Rolt: '…yet the conquests of man over space and time have followed the flying wheels of the Rocket as surely as night follows day…'.
Unveiled 28 October 2005 jointly by Borough Council Mayor Cllr Keith Falconer, County Councillor Walter Burrows and Rt Hon Paul Holmes M.P.

Chesterfield - George Stephenson
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On the wheel:

george stephenson 1781-1848
locomotion, the conquest over space and and time
vision & invention & discovery

Information Sign

George Stephenson

Engineer and Railway Pioneer
Resident at Tapton House, Chesterfield
from 1838 until his death
Buruid in Holy Trinity Church, Chesterfield
Sculpture by Stephen Hicklin
This work has been commissioned by
Chesterfield Borough Council
as part of the Council's Percent for Art Programme
with support from
Network Rail, Midland Mainline, Taylor Woodrow
Derbyshire County Council
and the Chesterfield and District Civic Center


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Locatie (N 53°14'18" - W 1°25'12") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: gbem035; Photograph: 25 June 2023
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