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John Vaughan

Worcester 1799 - London 1868
British industrialist, founded with Henry Bolckow the ironmaking business Bolckow Vaughan; mayor of Middlesbrough
George Anderson Lawson

Middlesbrough /  John Vaughan   Middlesbrough /  John Vaughan


Statue of John Vaughan, standing with his coat over his arms.
Description from the Shields Daily Gazette - Tuesday 3 June 1884:

The statue is in bronze, and stands on a pedestal of ironstone from the neighbouring Eston mines. It is heroic in size, the pose natural and easy, and is pronounced to be a good representation of Mr Vaughan as he appeared in the prime of life, and when by hard work, tact, and foresight he had risen from the humblest walks of social life to the position of a millionaire. On the four sides of the pedestal are base reliefs illustrating the chief features in the making of the local iron, the south panel representing Eston mine head with Eston Nab in the background, the east blastfurnaces, the north rolling mills, and the west railways and shipping.

The statue was unveiled 2 June 1884 by Sir John Whitwell Pease.

Middlesbrough - John Vaughan
The Eston mine head with Eston Nab in the background
Middlesbrough - John Vaughan
Middlesbrough - John Vaughan
Rolling mills
Middlesbrough - John Vaughan
Railways and shipping



mayor of middlesbrough 1855.
discovered ironstone in the
cleveland hills. founder of the iron
trade in cleveland. partner in
bolckow, vaughan & co., Ltd., who built
one of the first iron works in
middlesbrough in 1840.


g.a. lawson sc 1884


Sources & Information


  • Blast furnace
  • Industrialist
  • Iron mine
  • Iron worker
  • Lawson, George Anderson
  • Mayor
  • Statue (man)
  • Train
  • Vaughan, John
  • Locatie (N 54°34'27" - W 1°14'2") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

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