Lanchester Car Monument at Bloomsbury Park

The Lanchester Car Monument was made in 1995 by Tim Tolkien, to commemorate the work of Frederick William Lanchester. Located in Bloomsbury Park, near Oliver Street.

Public art: Lanchester Car Monument - Bloomsbury Park

Designer: Tim Tolkien

The Lanchester Car Monument is an open-air galvanized steel sculpture of the Stanhope Phaeton, or Lanchester motor car. It is in Bloomsbury Village Green, a piece of reclaimed land in the Heartlands (Nechells) area of Birmingham, England. It was designed by Tim Tolkien to commemorate the work of Frederick William Lanchester. At the age of twenty and with no formal qualifications, Lanchester so impressed the owner of the Forward Gas Engine Company of Birmingham that he was offered the position of assistant works manager at their factory near Bloomsbury Street where he made various improvements to the equipment produced by this company. Lanchester resigned from the company in 1893 and went on to produce the first all-British four-wheel petrol car. It was made in 1995 out of steel.

Where? Bloomsbury Park, near Oliver Street, Nechells

Lanchester Car MonumentLanchester Car Monument in Bloomsbury Park (January 2023). Photography by Elliott Brown

Project dates

02 Jan 2023 - On-going


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