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Bust of Sir Samuel Morton Peto - Station

County Norfolk   District Council Norwich City Council 
Civil Parish or equivalent Norwich City Council  Town/Village* Norwich 
Road Riverside 
Precise Location Concourse of Thorpe Railway Station 
OS Grid Ref TG237082  Postcode NR1 
Previous location(s)  
Setting On Building  Access Public 
Artist/Maker Role Qualifier
John Pooler  Sculptor(s)   
Richard Cracknell  Designer(s)   
William Knowles  Carver(s)   

Commissioned by

Mrs Rosamund Young with contributions from British Rail -Waveney District Council -The Norwich Society -St Mary's Baptist Church 

Design & Constrn period


Date of installing


Exact date of unveiling



Abstract Animal Architectural
Commercial Commemorative Composite
Free Functional Funerary
Heraldic Military Natural
Non-Commemorative Performance Portable
Religious Roadside, Wayside Sculptural
Temporary, Mobile Other  

Object Type

Building Clock Tower Architectural
Coat of Arms Cross Fountain
Landscape Marker Medallion
Mural Panel Readymade
Relief Shaft Sculpture
Statue Street Furniture War Memorial
Other Object Sub Type: Commemorative bust

Subject Type

Allegorical Mythological Pictorial
Figurative Non-figurative Portrait
Still-life Symbolic Other

Subject Sub Type

Bust Equestrian Full-length
Group Head Reclining
Seated Standing Torso
Part Material Dimension
Bust  Bronze  Life-size 
Plaque  Stone  W 90 cms 

Work is

Extant Not Sited Lost


British Rail 

Listing status

Grade I Grade II* Grade II Don't Know Not Listed

Surface Condition

Corrosion, Deterioration Accretions
Bird Guano Abrasions, cracks, splits
Biological growth Spalling, crumbling
Metallic staining Previous treatments

Structural Condition

Armature exposed Broken or missing parts
Replaced parts Loose elements
Cracks, splits, breaks, holes Spalling, crumbling
Water collection Other


Graffiti Structural damage Surface Damage

Overall condition

Good Fair Poor


No Known Risk At Risk Immediate
Inscriptions Under bust : SIR SAMUEL MORTON PETO 1809-1889/ BAPTIST CONTRACTOR POLITICIAN & PHILANTHROPIST Under: This Memorial/Was Provided Through/the Generosity of the British Rail Community Unit/ and Many Public and Private Donors 

Description (physical)

The bust is set on the central impost between the arches leading into the concourse facing the platforms. He is shown in his late fifties wearing a winged collar and bow tie abaove a richly patterned waistcoat with longer coat over. The image is based on engravings like the anonymous one in the Science Museum Inv 1943-0144 Picture Reference: 10400242 where however Peto is younger. 

Description (iconographical)

Sir Samuel Morton Peto (1809-1889) was born in Woking, Surrey. He attained great wealth as a contractor, laying railways in England, Russia, Norway, Algiers and Australia. Before his bankruptcy in 1867 following poor investments in the Crimea he built the Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft lines which came into the earlier station at Thorpe replaced in 1886. He was also partner in the firm Grissell and Peto (1830-1847) which constructed Nelson?s Column in 1843. He was involved in the building and decoration of the Houses of Parliament and used some of the same artists in his development of Lowestoft and Somerleyton. Peto served as Liberal MP for Norwich (1847-54), Finsbury (1859-65) and Bristol (1865-68), and was created a baronet in 1855. The bust was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Norwich on the centenary of Sir Samuel's death 


Date taken:  1/5/2006
Date logged: 

Photographed by:
Sarah Cocke

On Site Inspection

Date:  16/5/2006

Inspected by:
Richard Cocke

Sources and References Brooks Revd E.C. Sir Samuel Morton Peto: Victorian Entrepreneur of East Anglia Bury Clerical Society 1996 309-310 


Date entered:  31/8/2006

Data inputter:
Richard Cocke