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Richard Oastler

Leeds 1789 - Harrogate 1861
English labour reformer, Tory radical, and abolitionist; fought for the rights of working children in the Factory Act of 1847
John Birnie Philip
Prince (Southwark)

Bradford /  Richard Oastler   Bradford /  Richard Oastler


Bronze statue of Richard Oaster with two factory children.



at leeds
december 20 1789
at harrogate
august 22 1861

Signed: J.B. PHILIP sculpt. / london 1867
H. PRINCE & co. founders / southwark


Unveiled 15th May 1869 by the Seventh Earl of Shaftesbury.

From the Nottinghamshire Guardian:

The Oastler Monument at Bradford. - This monument proves very attractive to visitors, the Leeds Mercury says, and since its erection has been visited by many hundreds of people, who stand in admiring groups, more especially on Saturdays and Sundays, gazing at the tall figure of Mr. Oastler and the two factory children. General satisfaction is expressed at the life-like portraiture of the "Factory King" by old people who knew him in the flesh, and the remark of a gentleman who knew Oastler well, "How like him it is," finds an echo in many a breast. The only fault the critics have to find with the monument is that the pedestal is rather too low, but this, of course, is a mere matter of opinion. All agree that the workmanship both of the statue and the pedestal is excellent.


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Location (N 53°47'48" - W 1°45'24")

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