statue in wigan park

Started by: zoe24 (2272) 

just been looking at the pics on here n saw the 1 of the statue in wigan park were u rub his foot, n just wondered what colour it was originaly, what the story is behind him and why do people rub his foot for good luck and wishes, i loved it as a kid n if i went now i would still probably go and rub his foot,,hehe

Started: 19th Jan 2007 at 23:28

Posted by: disco_diva (inactive)

I'm only guessing here but i presume the statue was probably once the same colour as his foot. All the weather and the years gone by have probably turned him a lovely shade of bluey green. But am i wrong? Was the statue painted at some point? I don't know.
Has for making a wish we all have done that haven't we. I did it and i have passed it down to my own. Maybe it started off with someone years back starting this off and it just got passed on. While the statue still stands, no doubt this tradition will always remain in place.

Replied: 21st Jan 2007 at 09:51
Last edited by disco_diva: 21st Jan 2007 at 11:39:47

Posted by: rossy (162)

I think the statue is cast in bronze which will turn greenish in time. Disco Diva if you get some metal polish you could return the whole statue to it's original state, let me know when you are going and I will come and give you a lift.

Replied: 21st Jan 2007 at 12:36
Last edited by rossy: 21st Jan 2007 at 12:37:59

Posted by: john joseph (3197)

This statue commemorates Sir Frances Sharp Powell, a local philanthropist and MP. The
piece is typical of commemorative sculpture from the 1880-1950s. The bronze sculpture was set in mesnes park in 1910
has oxidised over time and become a lovely green colour. You will notice that one of Sir
Frances' boots is highly polished. It has become a tradition in Wigan that when you pass
the statue you should rub his foot for luck.

It was commisioned and set in mesnes park in 1910

Ive rubbed it for 50odd yrs now its got a hole in the casting lol it does work cos Ive had loads of luck "Mostly bad"

Who cares lol

Replied: 21st Jan 2007 at 13:09

Posted by: disco_diva (inactive)

Yeah rossy, i will come with my mr sheen and a duster or will i need that special bronze rubby stuff?

Replied: 21st Jan 2007 at 13:16

Posted by: zoe24 (2272) 

hey thanks all,,i thought it was originaly bronze but wasnt sure if it had been painted n the colour had just come of with so many people rubbing it

Replied: 21st Jan 2007 at 15:35

Posted by: mollie m (6471) 

When I'm sat somewhere and it's really cold I always say "Am cowder than owd Powell in't park!"

Replied: 22nd Jan 2007 at 09:53

Posted by: billy (26053) 

why not give the yo-yo,s and local slobs the task of cleaning up all these statues? they just might learn a bit of their local history as they buff and shine.

Replied: 22nd Jan 2007 at 10:38

Posted by: billy (26053) 

will need to get em outa bed first. hey serg xrh,ya up for it bud?

Replied: 22nd Jan 2007 at 10:40

Posted by: empress (9667) 

I been rubbin his foot since i was a nipper, poor owd powell has odd shoes thanks to us lot hehe.

Replied: 22nd Jan 2007 at 10:41

Posted by: rossy (162)

Mr Sheen? you would need the whole Sheen family. No it will have to be Brasso or something like that.

Replied: 22nd Jan 2007 at 11:08

Posted by: rossy (162)

Please don't put the Yobs on the job they would probably pinch it for scrap.

Replied: 22nd Jan 2007 at 11:11

Posted by: xrh59 (inactive)

For a chap who keeps getting rubbed up in the park,He's not half a miserable sod
have a look at is face next time you go in.Wouldn't bother getting them out of bed billy,i would be violateing one of there rights no doubt and we don't want that for the little bas..... i mean darlings.

Replied: 22nd Jan 2007 at 13:24

Posted by: billy (26053) 

i must be getting old xrh, i forgot all about their human rights.

Replied: 22nd Jan 2007 at 15:47


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