Statue of Bradford education pioneer William Forster could return to city centre (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting TANEWS to 80360, or email
Statue of Bradford education pioneer William Forster could return to city centre
6:00am Friday 27th December 2013 in News
The future of an iconic Bradford statue looks bright after a conservation specialist was brought in to make it beautiful again.
The William Forster statue is currently being examined to see how much work might be needed to bring it back to its former glory.
The statue of the renowned education pioneer has been kept in storage since being removed from its location in Forster Square nine years ago.
But the plan is for it to be restored to its former glory in readiness for being installed close to one of the main entrances of the new Westfield shopping centre.
It will face the shopping centre once it is built and will be seen against the backdrop of St Peter’s House as people leave Westfield and head towards Little Germany.
Bradford Council leader Councillor David Green spoke of the statue’s importance to the city.
He said: "We are all looking forward to seeing the William Forster statue see daylight again. We have brought in a conservation specialist to ensure the statue is kept in good condition. It is a very important landmark for the city and holds a special place in the hearts of many Bradfordians.” William Forster was born in Dorset, but made a name for himself in the woollen manufacturing industry in Bradford, where he also became an MP.
He was largely responsible for the 1870 Elementary Education Act, which was the first National Education Act in this country.
Forster Square in Bradford was also named after him.
The statue was removed in 2004 as part of the Connecting the City infrastructure programme to allow the Broadway shopping development to go ahead.
The painstaking removal of the statue by contractors was watched by thousands of people as they passed through the city.
Comments are closed on this article.