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Sir Arthur Bower Forwood

Liverpool 1836 - Liverpool 1898
English merchant, shipowner, and politician
sir George Frampton

Liverpool /  Sir Arthur Bower Forwood   Liverpool /  Sir Arthur Bower Forwood


Statue of Arthur Forwood in the pose he usually adopted when making a speech.
Unveiled by Frederick Arthur Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, on 21 July 1904.


the right honorable
Sir Arthvr Bower
privy councillor
M.P., J.P.
born 1836 died 1898
member of the city covncil
1871 to 1898
mayor 1877-8
member of parliament
ormskirk division 1885 to 1898
secretary to the admiralty
1886 to 1892
the citizens of liverpool
in gratefvl recognition of
the labobvrs of a strenvovs
and self sacrificing life
devoted to the best
interests of the
mvnicipality and the port
earnest & indomitable
endowed with great talents
freely given to the
pvblic service
leader of men


geo. frampton r.a. 1903

St John's Gardens

The spot of the St John the Baptist church - demolished in 1898 - at it's cemetery - full in 1854 - was redeveloped and opened in 1904 as 'St John's Ornamental and Memorial Gardens'. The gardens were designed by the corporation surveyor Thomas Shelmerdine. In addition to the creation of flower beds, the gardens contain an assemblage of six statues of great men connected with Liverpool and the King's Liverpool Regiment monument.

In chronological order:

  1. Alexander Balfour, by Albert Bruce-Joy, 1889.*
  2. William Rathbone VI, by George Frampton, 1901.
  3. Sir Arthur Bower Forwood, by George Frampton, 1903.
  4. William Gladstone, by Thomas Brock, 1904.
  5. The King's Liverpool Regiment Monument, by W. Goscombe John, 1905.
  6. James Nugent, by Frederick Pomeroy, 1906.
  7. T. Major Lester, by George Frampton, 1907.
  8. RoadPeace Monument, by Tom Murphy, 2005.
* The Balfour statue was erected before the replanning of the area, it was later moved eastwards to its present location.


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Item Code: gbnw079; Photograph: 18 June 2023
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