The desire for a statue of Harrison arose from the original questionnaire and consultation in the village about what people would like to see in Barrow, especially in the Market Place. A statue celebrating John Harrison was high on people’s wish lists. Having researched possible artists and consulted widely – including discussions with the Larkin Society which was responsible for the statue of Philip Larkin in Hull Station – three sculptors were short-listed.

Each submitted a maquette – a small version of the final piece – and gave a presentation to an invited panel (see below for a list) as well as being interviewed by the Better Barrow trustees. Following this, a public consultation was held and Marcus Cornish’s design was chosen.  Feedback indicated that people were impressed by the depiction of Harrison as a working man, always active and focused on finding a solution to the problem of longitude. He is portrayed in his working clothes, carefully winding H4. They also liked the representation of the globe beneath his feet, referring both to his work and to his worldwide importance.

There will now be much more detailed discussions with Marcus about his work and the siting of the statue, whether in the Market Place or near the church. In addition, of course, we will be preparing publicity and fund-raising information for the next stage of the project.


Attendees at John Harrison Sculpture Presentation Day
Mayor Cllr Peter Clark
Cllr David Wells
Lisa Moran, Arts Manager, North Lincolnshire Council
Denise Berry, Tourism Manager, North Lincolnshire Council
Cllr Peter Swann, Chair, Barrow-upon-Humber Parish Council
Cllr Robert Lyden, Parish Council Representative to BBCP
Jacqueline Setterfield, President, Barrow Meridian Rotary
Christine Mitchell, Holy Trinity Church Warden
Jackie Poustie, Headteacher, John Harrison School
Ruby Bell & Thomas Keates, Head Girl and Boy, J H School
Andrew King, Clockmaker and Biographer of John Harrison
Mr Toby Dennis, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire
Sir Reginald Tyrwhitt, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire
Dr Veronica Pettifer, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire
Michael Stewart, Deputy Master of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Carol Collinson, Chair of the Larkin Statue Committee, Hull
Harold Gosney, Sculptor
The Trustees of Better Barrow Community Project

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