Wakefield Council honours sculptor Henry Moore’s contribution

Blue plaque erected in Castleford to mark the birth place of artist Henry Moore.'Pictured: L) Sandra Wright - Chair of Castleford Civic Trust with R) Rebecca Land - Head of Communications and representing the Henry Moore Foundation.'p314a413
Blue plaque erected in Castleford to mark the birth place of artist Henry Moore.'Pictured: L) Sandra Wright - Chair of Castleford Civic Trust with R) Rebecca Land - Head of Communications and representing the Henry Moore Foundation.'p314a413

A blue plaque has been unveiled to commemorate the birthplace of sculptor Henry Moore.

Wakefield Council placed the plaque on part of the existing stone feature which stands on Henry Moore Square, off Roundhill Road in Castleford.

Coun Denise Jeffery, the council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, unveiled the plaque on Wednesday.

She said: “Henry Moore’s work reflects Castleford, where he was born and grew up, so we are very proud to mark his birthplace with a commemorative blue plaque.

“We have been working to improve the square and last year we did some landscaping work to create a little green gem of space to honour one of our most famous residents.”

The plaque has been made by Castleford Civic Trust and members from the trust, Wakefield Council and Castleford Heritage Trust attended the unveiling.

Henry Moore Square was built to commemorate the centenary of his birth and the stone features on the site represent the significant events in Moore’s life that prompted him to become an artist and sculptor.

He was born in a small terraced house on Roundhill Road in July 1898.

The son of a miner, he studied at Castleford Grammar School before going on to Leeds School of Art where he met Wakefield-born sculptor Barbara Hepworth.

His works are usually abstractions of the human figure, typically depicting mother-and-child or reclining figures.

Moore’s sculptures can be seen at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, at West Bretton.