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Boulton, Watt and Murdoch

Boulton, Watt and Murdoch
Detail of engine plans

The gilded bronze statue of Boulton, Watt and Murdoch (depicting Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdoch) by William Bloye and Raymond Forbes-Kings stands on a plinth of Portland stone, outside the old Register Office on Broad Street in Birmingham, England.

It is known locally as The Golden Boys after its colour, or The Carpet Salesmen after the partially rolled-up plan of a steam engine which they are examining. They were most famous for improving and developing the steam engine.

Sponsored by an £8,000 bequest from Richard Wheatley in 1939, and £7,500 from the City Council, it was unveiled in 1956, from preliminary designs drawn up in 1938.

The statue was restored and re-gilded, and replaced in its old position in September 2006.

It will be moved across the road into Centenary Square by late 2018. The statue was moved into storage on 23 August 2017.[1][2]


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  • Public Sculpture of Birmingham including Sutton Coldfield, George T. Noszlopy, edited Jeremy Beach, 1998, ISBN 0-85323-692-5

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