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Jack o' the Locks

Richard Tiffany, Lock keeper of Sowerby Bridge
Roger Burnett
Singer / Morris Singer / William Morris (London)

Sowerby Bridge /  Jack o' the Locks   Sowerby Bridge /  Jack o' the Locks


Bronze statue of Richard Tiffany pushing backwards against a lock gate arm, portrayed in typical working gear with boots and an old jacket. He is also wearing a cravat and on his head he is wearing a traditional Yorkshire style cloth cap. He is holding a lock key in his hand, a vital tool for a lock keeper (part of its shaft has broken off). Next to him is a small boy helping him out and pushing with his hands on the lock arm, the boy is wearing a short sleeved shirt, shorts held up by braces and long socks which are starting to roll down to his ankles.


jack o' the locks by roger burnett 1999

funded by the people and friends of sowerby bridge

List of names

cast by the morris singer foundry

Signed: (both statues) RB 99


From a nearby village information sign: "The sculpture Jack of the Locks depicts the town's lock keeper during the last days of commercial carrying. Richard Tiffany was a well-known local character and his great-grandson modelled for the figure of the boy."


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Location (N 53°42'36" - W 1°54'16")

Item Code: gbyh002; Photograph: 31 July 2012
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