Richard Cobden (1804–1865)
Richard Cobden (1804–1865)
Richard Cobden (1804–1865)
Richard Cobden (1804–1865)
Richard Cobden (1804–1865)
Richard Cobden (1804–1865)
Richard Cobden (1804–1865)
Richard Cobden (1804–1865)
Richard Cobden (1804–1865)
Richard Cobden (1804–1865)
Richard Cobden (1804–1865)

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A bronze portrait statue on a granite pedestal. Cobden is in modern dress, his head turned slightly to the left, in the act of public speaking. His right arm is a little forward. A pedestal by the right leg is carved with various fruits and corn above which is the date 1846, the year of the repeal of the Corn Laws. Above the date is a French eagle, presumably an allusion to Cobden's part in the trade treaty with France.

Cobden became the manager of a calico print works at Sabden in Lancashire. In 1838 he was one of the founder members of the Anti-Corn Law League. Cobden was elected as MP for Stockport in 1841 and represented the town until 1847. Following his death, George Adams, the London sculptor, was commissioned to produce the statue.

Richard Cobden (1804–1865)


1886 or before




H 195 x W (?) x D (?) cm;
Plinth: H 304 x W 131 x D 131 cm

Accession number


Work type



Stockport MBC

Work status


Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

27 November 1886


at all times

Inscription description

on front: COBDEN


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Located at

St Petersgate, Stockport


Located at the east side of St Petersgate, on a traffic island.