SK3871 : George Stephenson at Chesterfield Station

taken 3 years ago, near to Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England

George Stephenson at Chesterfield Station
George Stephenson at Chesterfield Station
Stephenson was a key figure in the development of the North Midland, later Midland, Railway, and lived locally at Tapton House for the last 10 years of his life.

The statue, by Stephen Hicklin, was erected in 2005 as part of the redevelopment of the station. It shows Stephenson holding a model of his iconic early locomotive for the Stockton and Darlington Railway, Locomotion No.1 standing astride a wheel based on the 'Rocket' locomotive for the Liverpool and Manchester Railway. No.40 on the Chesterfield Art Trail.
Chesterfield Art Trail :: SK3772

The trail is the result of Chesterfield Council's 'Percent for Art' scheme, which it's website describes as follows:

“The council has operated a 'Percent for Art' scheme since 1994 which has seen the completion of over 70 new art schemes located throughout the borough that help to create a sense of place and add character to the built environment.

We support the promotion of public art as good planning practice which brings cultural, environmental and economic benefits to new development and to the local community.

Whilst the schemes are generally chosen by the council and the developer, there has been considerable community involvement, with artists leading workshops in schools, colleges and with community groups.

Chesterfield’s Local Plan asks all schemes costing over £1m to include a work of art to the value of 1% of the total cost of the project. Smaller schemes are also encouraged to include artworks within their design.”

More details of the Trail and the artworks included can be found here:
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Geographical Context: Suburb, Urban fringe Railways People, Events Period: Early 21st Century Date: 2005 other tags: Statue George Stephenson Click a tag, to view other nearby images.
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Tuesday, 15 June, 2021   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 7 July, 2021
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 3879 7141 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:14.2985N 1:25.2159W
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