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Prospect Place
(Joseph Pease Place)

Joseph Pease

1799 - 1872
English entrepeneur and proponent and supporter of the earliest public railway system in the world; politician: the first Quaker permitted to take his seat in Parliament
(Wikipedia)
George Anderson Lawson
Cox & Sons
1875

Darlington /  Joseph Pease   Darlington /  Joseph Pease

Description

Description in the Leeds Mercury, 28 September 1875:

The statue is of bronze, and surmounts a pedestal of polished Scotch granite. Mr. Pease is represented in an attitude in which he often stood, one arm hanging by the side of his erect form, with the other resting on his breast: whilst the form and features bear a striking resemblance to the original. There are four panels of bronze representing four distinctive phases in Mr. Pease‚Äôs career—his political, philanthropic, and commercial labours. The first of these represents him addressing a meeting of the electors of South Durham; the second represents his advocacy of the abolition of the West Indies Apprenticeship system; in the third is depicted a village school, representative of his share in the educational movement; and the fourth shows the engine and tender of the first passenger train; with the Cleveland bills beyond.

Darlington - Joseph Pease
Politics: Pease addresses a meeting of the electors of South Durham
Darlington - Joseph Pease
Education: a village school, representative of Pease's share in the educational movement
Darlington - Joseph Pease
Railway travel: the engine and tender of the first passenger train; with the Cleveland bills beyond
Darlington - Joseph Pease
Emancipation (anti-slavery): his advocacy of the abolition of the West Indies Apprenticeship system (that required former slaves to work for their masters without compensation for up to six years)

It was unveiled on 27 September 1875 by the Duke of Cleveland, to mark the golden jubilee of the opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

Inscription(s)

JOSEPH PEASE

Signature

g.a. lawson sc. london 1875
cox & sons founders.

Information Sign

Joseph Pease Place

This events space commemorates Joseph Pease,
the Darlington businessman who was Britain's first Quaker MP
and the benefactor of the town's clock tower.
The statue of Joseph Pease was unveiled in 1875
to mark the 50th anniversary of
the opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railwat.
The decorative etchings on the plinth
portray issues that were important to Pease:
politics, education, rail travel and anti-slavery.
The statue was restored and returned
to its original location in 2007.
Names Joseph Pease Place by Joyce Chandler in 2007

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Cox & Sons
  • Entrepeneur
  • Lawson, George Anderson
  • Pease, Joseph
  • Politician/Statesman
  • Railway pioneer
  • School
  • Slave
  • Statue
  • Student
  • Train
  • Location (N 54°31'33" - W 1°33'18")

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