Plans to erect a life-size bronze statue of John Winchcombe – commonly known as Jack of Newbury – in Newbury town centre have been submitted to West Berkshire Council.
Newbury Town Council has submitted the plans, with the idea being to install the statue outside Jack’s former home in Northbrook Street, by the entrance to Marsh Lane.
Including the plinth it will stand 2.35m (7ft 7ins) high, and would depict Jack holding a yard of cloth in his right arm, in reference to his setting up of England’s first cloth factory in Newbury in the 16th century.
It is expected to cost around £36,000 to install, £1,800 of which is being provided by the town council.
In the application, it says: “[The statue] is designed to engage as many people as possible, helping to promote Newbury’s rich cultural heritage to both residents and visitors.
“The aim is for this sculpture to become a catalyst for greater awareness of local history, promoting a greater sense of civic pride among the whole community.”
Last year residents were asked by Newbury BID to vote on whether the statue should be installed, with those who took part saying ‘yes’.
If approved, two bike racks in front of the Ernest Jones store will be removed to make space for the statue.
A deadline for a decision of September 14 has been set by West Berkshire Council.