This statue was commissioned in 1889 by public subscription and remembers Sir Hugh Stowell-Brown the respected methodist preacher working in Liverpool in the mid Victorian years in a fast changing city. He is carved in Carrara marble and stood on Hope Street for nearly 100 years.
In 1988 this statue was toppled in the Toxteth riots and severely damaged. He lay under a tree in Croxteth Park for over 25 years until as part of a private development, building contractors commissioned me to restore this important statue. The deep staining by lichen and algae meant that far from being bright white as was originally the case when newly carved he was almost black and required painstaking cleaning. His hands, foot, ears and nose needed replacing and extensive work was needed to restore his frock coat. Further work was carried out to restore his 7 tonne granite plinth before the statue was re-sited on Hope street near the chapel where he originally stood.