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New memorial unveiled in Arnold park for man who saved thousands of lives with clean water system

A memorial statue was unveiled yesterday in Arnold for an engineer who pioneered a clean water system that saved thousands of lives.

Thomas Hawksley, who was born in Arnot Hill House in 1807, created a pressurised water system which improved sanitation in cities and towns across the country.

The memorial was unveiled in Arnot Hill Park by the Deputy Mayor of Gedling along with direct descendants of Mr Hawksley at the special ceremony yesterday (October 25).

Hawksley was born in Arnot Hill House, which is in the grounds of the park.

The new statue in Arnot Hill Park

The funding for the new statue was provided by Severn Trent Water, who agreed to provide £10,000 after meeting with Vernon Coaker MP and the Deputy Leader of Gedling Borough Council Cllr Michael Payne to discuss better flooding provisions in the borough.

Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “Many people may not have heard of Thomas Hawksley before today but they will have benefitted from his fantastic work as a water engineer.

 TRIBUTE: Pictured with the new statue is Adam Boucher, Operations Manager Severn Trent Water, left, and Richard Janes, Sculptor

“Today, we take clean water for granted but it was because of people like Thomas Hawksley that we have it. This memorial will be a fitting tribute to his excellent work and we are delighted that members of his family could be here today to see it.

“I would like to thank Severn Trent Water for providing the funding for this memorial and to everyone involved.”

Richard Janes who designed the memorial said: “The memorial takes its inspiration for the style of Victorian memorials and architecture that Hawksley would have known and designed himself. It uses engineering techniques and materials that Thomas Hawksley would have been familiar with but also uses new modern techniques to create a contemporary sculpture as a memorial to this giant of Victorian Engineering.”

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Adam Boucher, Area Operations Lead for Severn Trent, said: “This is a fantastic project that we’re absolutely delighted to be a part of. Clearly, as a water company, we owe a huge debt to Thomas Hawksley which is why we’re so happy to be involved and to support the memorial.”

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