With support from local and national business a Majestic Sculpture was unveiled in Featherstone.

23 May 2018

Funded nationally and locally by Featherstone Town Council, Wakefield Council, R.V.Rugg Featherstone, RIM Scaffolding Featherstone, and Envy Windows of Normanton, A majestic sculpture of a horse has been unveiled to commemorate 353 soldiers from the West Yorkshire town of Featherstone who fell fighting for Britain in the First World War.

Head bowed, it watches over a field of trees planted for the Centenary, commemorating each of the dead. The saplings are marked by white posts, bearing the servicemen's names and the emblem of a poppy.

Entitled War Horse, a Place of Peace to be Together, the memorial stands an impressive 20 feet (6m) high and is already becoming a local landmark.  

Councillor Margaret Isherwood, Mayor of Featherstone, says: "This is a really exciting project for the town of Featherstone, and a wonderful piece of public art."

Led by Featherstone Town Council, the War Horse project stemmed from a study of Featherstone in WW1 by local historian Tony Lumb, and related initiatives involving local schools.

Hundreds of men enlisted in 1914-18, many of them coal miners from the two pits which were then the area's biggest employers. More than 350 didn’t return.

Cod Steaks, a creative arts company based in Bristol, was chosen to design and build the 'War Horse'. After an official handover, it was transported 200 miles (320km) by lorry to the memorial woodland at Mill Pond Meadow, a nature reserve on one of the main approaches to Featherstone.

The sculpture is intended not only to 'embed remembrance' at the heart of this former mining community but also 'to provide a focus to inspire and empower future generations.' with the hope of it becoming an attraction for the public near and far.