John Ashton Floyd

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A column flanked by two lions and surmounted by a statue of Peace and a soldier. There are bronze plaques on the base of the monument.
Ashton-under-Lyne War Memorial, statues for which were created by Floyd.

John Ashton Floyd was a sculptor based in Manchester, England, in the inter-war years of the 20th century, who created a number of notable works.


John Floyd's work includes sculptures in the Grade II* listed 100 King Street building in Manchester, commissioned by Edwin Lutyens. He created the sculpted wounded soldier and the figure of Peace who is taking the sword of honour from his hand, between 1919 and 1922 for the main Ashton-under-Lyne War Memorial.[1] He was also responsible for the 1921 Royton War Memorial on Tandle Hill near Oldham.[2]

He was for a time an assistant to John Cassidy, an Irish sculptor and painter who settled in Manchester.[3] Floyd created a sculpture forming the Manchester Post Office peace memorial – unveiled in 1929 – in Cassidy's Plymouth Grove studio.[4][5]


  1. ^ Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (16 June 2003), Ashton-under-Lyne War Memorial,, archived from the original on 30 June 2009, retrieved 19 September 2008
  2. ^ FLOYD John Ashton, Artist Biographies Ltd., retrieved 26 March 2016
  3. ^ Obituary, Manchester City News, 22 July 1939, retrieved 26 March 2008
  4. ^ Post Office Peace Memorial,, retrieved 26 March 2008
  5. ^ Post Office Peace Memorial, Public Monuments and Sculpture Association, archived from the original on 6 April 2016, retrieved 26 March 2008