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Hartlepool Statues

Ralph Ward Jackson 1806 - 1880 was an American politician and the founder of West Hartlepool. He was elected at the 1868 general election as the first the Member of Parliament for The Hartlepools, but was defeated at the 1874 general election. Christ Church at the top of Church Street, situated behind the statue was paid for by public subscription and generous donations by Ralph Ward Jackson and the West Hartlepool Dock and Railway Company.

His statue, now listed grade 2, was designed by Edward Onslow Ford, erected in 1897 and can be found on a traffic island on Church Street. We were asked to clean the verdi gris corrosion from this bronze, leaving an even dark bronze finish and to protect the statue with renaissance waxes for the future.

Sir William Grays’ seated bronze statue was erected in 1898 by public subscription. From a modest background William managed to head a large shipbuilding company, designing and making ships in the area. He was the first Mayor of West Hartlepool from 1887-1888 and is the only person to have been Mayor to both Hartlepool towns.

It has been said that although Ralph Ward Jackson founded the town of West Hartlepool, it was William Gray who made it. We were asked to clean only the guano and detritus from the statue and specifically asked to retain the verdi gris finish throughout. The statue was then sealed with renaissance waxes.

Sir William Gray, looking a little tired, stained and drab.

Sir William Gray, looking a little tired, stained and drab.

Close up of William prior to our conservation work.

Close up of William prior to our conservation work.

Completed with staining and guano removed to an even verdi gris finish and sealed with rennaisance waxes.

Completed with staining and guano removed to an even verdi gris finish and sealed with rennaisance waxes.

Ralph Ward Jackson statue prior to our work.

Ralph Ward Jackson statue prior to our work.

Ralph Ward Jackson statue prior to our work.

Ralph Ward Jackson statue prior to our work.

Ralph looking a great deal happier, you can almost see a smile appearing.

Ralph looking a great deal happier, you can almost see a smile appearing.

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