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Armstrong Memorial, Barras Bridge


The life-size statue of Lord Armstrong is located outside the Great North Museum: Hancock, by the junction of Barras Bridge and Claremont Road. The statue, by Hamo Thornycroft, was completed in 1906. A panel behind the statue, to the left, shows guns from Armstrong's works being loaded onto a sail ship. A panel to the right shows the Newcastle Swing Bridge, which was designed and paid for by Armstrong. The memorial is Grade II listed (legally protected). Who was William Armstrong?

Barras Bridge Great North Museum: Hancock Statues and Memorials Grade II Listed Historic Buildings and Monuments in Newcastle Lord William Armstrong (1810-1900) 1906
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Monument to Lord Armstrong, Barras Bridge

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Lord Armstrong statue

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Junction of Claremont Road and Barras Bridge, Newcastle

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Armstrong Statue

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ARMSTRONG MEMORIAL - Newcastle - List Entry
- "Statue and screen walls and piers. 1905-6, signed by Hamo Thornycroft. Sand- stone steps, walls, piers and pedestal; bronze statue and low reliefs. 2 curved steps up to tall square ...

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Lord William Armstrong (1810-1900)
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Lord William Armstrong (1810-1900)
- Overview About William Armstrong William George Armstrong was born on 26th November 1810, in Shieldfield, Newcastle. He became a prominent engineer and industrialist who founded the Armstrong Whitworth company, producing armaments which ...
Great North Museum: Hancock
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Great North Museum: Hancock
- Overview About the Museum Map Street View The museum was established in 1884 to house the growing collections of the Natural History Society of Northumbria. It was named after John ...
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Statue of Lord Armstrong, outside Hancock museum

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Armstrong statue outside the Great North Museum: Hancock

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Armstrong statue outside the Great North Museum: Hancock

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  • Boz on June 10, 2020, 10:04 p.m.

    toppletheracists.org says the monument should be removed because Armstrong was a "North East based arms trader who sold guns to Confederacy and Union armies during US Civil War." This doesn't make sense to me. Armstrong had no involvement in the slave trade. This is saying his company didn't discriminate and sold guns to both sides in the American Civil War (1861-5). This is all 30 years after slavery was abolished in Britain. There is a long way to go before we have social justice - but Armstrong wasn't racist and had nothing to do with the terrible slave trade. On the other hand he was a massive figure in the history of the North East.

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List number: 1299341
List grade: 2
Borough: Newcastle
Grid ref: NZ2487965068

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