Sir Charles Mark Palmer Statue, 1904

The statue of Sir Charles Mark Palmer, Listed Grade II, was located in Riverside Park, Jarrow, overlooking the River Tyne. To enable construction of a new Tyne Tunnel for the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority, it was necessary to dismantle and relocate the statue and pedestal within a very tight timescale. Spence & Dower were commissioned by TWPTA to carry out an English Heritage Level 1 Archaeological Recording Survey and to prepare proposals for the careful removal of the statue, dismantling the limestone pedestal and rebuilding the structure on new limestone steps in Jarrow town centre. Within these proposals was the restoration of the stone, cleaning of the bronze statue and the one remaining bronze low relief panel, archival research on the design of the two missing bronze panels, the preparation of designs for their remodelling and their casting in bronze.

Sir Charles Palmer Statue

Before dismantling, restoration and relocation in 2006

Sir Charles Palmer Statue

Sir Charles Palmer Statue

The unveiling ceremony 30th January 1904

Sir Charles Palmer Statue

Sir Charles Palmer Statue

Archaeological recording of the monument prior to dismantling

Sir Charles Palmer Statue

Sir Charles Palmer Statue

Detailed archaeological photographic recording

Sir Charles Palmer Statue

Sir Charles Palmer Statue

Restored and relocated in 2007

Sir Charles Palmer Statue

Sir Charles Palmer Statue

The original bronze plaque of the Pitman before cleaning [left] and after cleaning [right]

Sir Charles Palmer Statue

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