James Fraser


Thomas Woolner



About the work

This is a larger than life-size bronze portrait statue. Erected in 1888 by public subscription.

James Fraser became bishop of Manchester in 1870. Although he was not born in the city he soon won the respect and admiration of Mancunians, not least for his rejection of the comfortable bishop’s residence at Mauldeth Hall in preference for a city centre home to be closer to the people.

On the pedestal of the statue are three bronze panels that show Fraser in his three roles: bishop, citizen and man of charity. He advocated religious tolerance as well supporting trade union and industrial causes.


Inscription on pedestal: BORN 18TH AUGUST 1818 / DIED 22ND OCTOBER 1885 / ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / 1887

In the collection

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Location & Map

This statue is located in Alberts Square, facing towards Cross Street.

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