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Saturday, 12 January 2008

Ashton Market Trader

At the junction of Bow Street and Market Street, a few yards from Ashton's Market Hall, stands a piece of street sculpture.

The almost life-sized bronze statute is entitled "The Ashton Market Trader" and depicts "Uncle John the Pieman".

A plaque goes on to explain that John Harrison was well-known throughout Ashton for his generosity to the poor in the late 1800s.

The statue is one of a series of sculptures that have been erected around Tameside. Others include LS Lowry in Mottram, a Mill Girl in Mossley and composer of "It's a Long Way to Tipperary", Jack Judge, in Stalybridge.


  1. Hi Martin, I think this is a wonderful idea of yours. All the pics and info are great. Kep up the good work!!

  2. I really love the street sculptures. The northern quarter of Manchester has lots of interesting pieces too.

  3. Hi Martin,

    The people holidaying here and permenents are really enjoying this Blog and the fantastic pictures that you are showing along with excellent descriptions

    Well done!

  4. I must have walked right past it!
    Was it there in December?

  5. Yes, it was there in December - it's been there since September 2005!


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