Alexandra Park Trail

7. The Joseph Howarth Statue

Joseph Howarth was born in 1786 and worked as the bellman for Oldham from 1820 until 1860. A bellman collected letters for the mail coach by walking the streets ringing a bell. Joseph was blind from birth and he was the very first Oldhamer to be honoured with a statue.

Did you know that this is the only statue in England wearing a top hat?

Blind joe