Statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood

Statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood

Fleetwood Civic Society, Fleetwood Museum and Fleetwood Rotary Club worked together to put a statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood at the heart of the town which he founded. Everyone was invited to the unveiling ceremony on Sunday 6 May 2018.

Unveiling of the Statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood

The sun shone and it was a glorious Bank Holiday Sunday for the unveiling of the statue in the Euston Gardens.

Fleetwood Old Boys Band entertained the crowds, along with Thornton Cleveleys Brass Band. The official unveiling ceremony took place at 2.15pm.

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Many thanks to Julie Dalton for these excellent photos from the event.

Statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood
Statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood. Photo: Julie Dalton
Dedication of the Statue
Dedication of the Statue
Statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood
Statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood
Local historian and Fleetwood Museum Trustee Dick Gillingham at the unveiling of the statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood
Local historian and Fleetwood Museum Trustee Dick Gillingham at the unveiling of the statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood
Town Crier at the unveiling of the statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood
Town Crier at the unveiling of the statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood
Satue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood
Unveiling of the Satue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood
Unveiling of the Satue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood
Satue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood the day before the unveiling
Satue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood the day before the unveiling

With thanks to all of the benefactors and supporters who have made this possible. After months of work it’s wonderful to acknowledge the importance of Sir Peter to the history of Fleetwood with this prestigious piece of sculpture.

More about the Statue

If you’re familiar with Fleetwood, you’ll know that there are memorials, statues and tributes to all kinds of local people and events.

So it’s quite ironic that until now, there wasn’t a statue of the founding father of Fleetwood himself – Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood.

Once they’d realised that the most important person wasn’t represented in the town, local groups joined together to put it right. Fleetwood Civic Society, Fleetwood Museum and Fleetwood Rotary Club spent several years and a lot of hard work fundraising and obtaining permission to deliver this project.

In total, £40,000 was raised to erect the bronze statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood. Funding came from various kind benefactors, including a substantial contribution from Mrs Lofthouse. Others came from the Haldane Trust and The Payback Time Trust along with individual bequests from local people.

The statue is a bronze, created by sculptor Alan Ward from Lancaster. He’s the most local sculptor who could produce such a piece of work.

Work in Progress

As of the end of July 2017, the team had secured planning permission and instructed the sculptor to start work on the maquette of the statue. A maquette is a small scale model, a three dimensional proof of the finished thing.

Sculptor Alan Ward and group member William Hargreaves, with the maquette of the statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood
Sculptor Alan Ward and group member William Hargreaves, with the maquette of the statue

The maquette was on display again at Fleetwood Museum for Heritage Open Days Weekend in September 2017.

It was a very popular attraction. The Museum was busy all weekend, especially on the Sunday when the sculptor himself was present.

Maquette of the statue of Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood with sculptor Alan Ward
Maquette of Sir Peter with sculptor Alan Ward

More about Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood

Sir Peter, descendant of Edmund Fleetwood, the first named person to reside at Rossall Hall. He was the man who put the town of Fleetwood on the map. Peter was Lord of the Manor, High Sheriff of the County of Lancashire and MP for Preston. It was after being knighted that he changed his name to Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood.

At this time, nearby Poulton-le-Fylde was the busy sea port for sailings to the Americas. But Sir Peter believed that Fleetwood held the makings of a busy seaport and popular resort. It had a river mouth, a natural sheltered harbour, golden sands, sea, air like wine and breathtaking views across Morecambe Bay. All that it lacked was a railway from Preston.

Peter Hesketh hired the prominent architect of the time, Decimus Burton. Work on the railway and the first buildings commenced in 1836 – the rest is history…

Find out more about the history of Fleetwood here.

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    How fabulous! We have just noticed this as have recently been researching our family tree. Sir Peter Hesketh is my GGGG grandfather!

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      Wow, that’s amazing! You should tell the organisers that you’re related. Get in touch with the Museum.

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