Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Cobden's Secret

After 120 year the statue of Richard Cobden that stood proudly in St. Peters Square has revealed its secret.

A copy of the Stockport Advertiser and the Cheshire County News, a poster announcing the unveiling of the statue by Cobden's daughter and two half pennies, dated 1886, were uncovered on Monday as the statue was lifted from its plinth.

The statue was loaded onto a flat back lorry, watched by Councillors David Goddard and Martin Candler, as well as our secretary Coral Dranfield, invited to represent the Trust.

Cobden will not be going far and should be back in his new position by Friday, which will eventually overlook a new St. Peters Square and fountain.

It is the Council's intention to put a new time capsule under the bronze figure as he is secured back in place on his plinth, let's hope for another 120 years.

One of the items to put in the time capsule will be the latest copy of the Stockport Heritage Magazine.