Sir John Franklin Statue
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lone-opine
Bristol, UK69 contributions
There is plenty of space around to admire this interesting statue which was lovingly restored and cleaned by local people many years ago. There are two other statues of Sir John Franklin, one is in Tasmania and the other in Waterloo Place in central London. Spilsby's statue is slightly less grand than the London one but it is good to think of Franklin being permanently here in his own town. He is most famous for leading the ill fated arctic expedition to find the North West passage but had an interesting and quite noble life before then. A frieze in the market place gives more details and there is a plaque on the the house where he was born.( both a little shabby now). The statue is in fine condition.
Written May 8, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK160,517 contributions
This statue was built in 1861, in tribute to Sir John Franklin, a British Royal Navy officer who explored the Canadian Arctic. On his third expedition when the two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror became trapped and all abroad died.

The statue depicts Sir John Franklin in his naval uniform. He is standing, looking ahead. His left hand is resting on a ship anchor behind him. His right hand is holding a telescope, held near his waist.
Written August 28, 2022
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Theos
Spilsby, UK64 contributions
Following Michael Palin’s excellent, though tragic book “Erebus”, the story of the ship which which was captained by Franklin on it’s I’ll fated voyage to discover the North West Passage, his statue has taken on renewed interest and meaning. The statue itself is fairly plain, but the story behind it is truly amazing. Worth a visit, but read the book too.
Written August 6, 2019
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P44cka
Partney, UK309 contributions
Lovely attraction and worth a visit, the town has suffered since lockdown, but the statue of Sir John still standing!
Written October 5, 2021
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Anthony F
Brixworth, UK119 contributions
Passing through the town, had to make a detour to see it's most famous son. I love the way it's surrounded by the compass points
Written August 20, 2019
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Jamarni
Spilsby, UK14 contributions
Friends
Visited several times, this time for cycling group photograph. Sir John is a big favourite in Spilsby.
Written October 3, 2018
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edible f
9 contributions
excellent brave sailor who founded spilsby and this statue represents the hero that founded spilsby and other places -
Written October 6, 2021
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Ronnie A
Carlisle, UK5 contributions
I only gave this 4 stars because of the ambience around the statue to this important man in British history. There was litter and general urban deterioration. If in Spilsby, then go and see it.
Written August 22, 2020
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willie
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Couples
it was looking at me funny so I sparked it out...I now have a broken hand and a crying child (not mine)
Written May 8, 2019
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Maurice B
Spilsby, UK176 contributions
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Spilsby doesn’t take advantage of the fact that in Canada for instance he is hailed as a hero. I am referring to Sir John Franklin. Where are the mementoes? The town doesn’t promote him. Having said that there is a lot to learn and a lot to see in the town that links it with Sir John Franklin, and his crew.
Written October 20, 2018
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