Statue lost to Calderdale due to removal and restoration costs

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A school has defended its actions over a missing statue which caused concern amongst the Halifax Civic Trust.

The Trust was critical of the Trinity Academy Halifax over the removal of a bronze sculpture of the shepherd boy Jesus which was created by Halifax sculptress Jocelyn Horner.

The trust said it should have been preserved locally by the musems’ service or offered to the Henry Moore Institute at Leeds.

Michael Gosling, Principal of Trinity Academy Halifax, said the statue was offered to several local organisations and museum services but the costs associated with its removal and restoration were considered too high.

“Due to no further approaches being made, and the need for it to be moved for essential building works, the academy agreed our contractors (Carillion) would dispose of it,” said Mr Gosling.

The contractors hired a sub-contractor with the specialist equipment required to remove it.

“The academy agreed it would be disposed of and sold for its materials in order to cover the costs of the equipment. No profit was made either by the academy or contractors,” said Mr Gosling.


Miss Horner’s sculpture was presented to the former Holy Trinity Secondary School, Halifax, in April 1964.

A former head teacher Miss Sarah Thwaites commissioned Miss Horner to produce the work and the figure was dedicated and blessed by the then Bishop of Pontefract the Rt Rev Eric Treacy who was closely associated with the school from his time as Vicar of Halifax.

Miss Thwaites said she hoped children would “like, love and learn” from the sculpture.