National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Market Woman


Type Statue

     A female figure holding a basket containing chickens on her head. Robustly modelled in a manner reminiscent of Frink's work, the green-black bronze has weathered extremely well. The sculpture stands in a flower bed to one side of the Forum shopping precinct.
     Schwarz set out the thinking behind this sculpture in a letter to a local schoolgirl. He said he was looking for realism, wanting the woman 'to appear as a tough, hardworking peasant, not a graceful girl'. The roughness of the surface was a deliberate attempt to indicate its hand-worked nature, and its 'patchy' colouration was a method of giving a pre-weathered look to the statue.(1) Greeted by a storm of criticism from locals, the sculpture was regarded by some as 'shameful' in its blunt portrayal of a working class woman.(2) Commissioned by J.Seymour Harris and Partners, developers of the Forum shopping centre which was built in 1966 complete with 'eye-catching' mosaics.(3) Market Woman was originally sited on a low brick base, but was moved to its present position when the area was redeveloped in 1993.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Schwarz, Hans Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze 260cm high x 80cm square
Base Bronze 92cm square

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Road High Street
Precise location Junction with Station Road, pedestrian area
A-Z ref 47 3D
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1966
Unveiling details Installed 1966
Commissioned by North Tyneside District Council
Duty of care South Tyneside District Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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