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“Not an attraction in its own right”
Review of Three Wise Men

Three Wise Men
Ranked #92 of 293 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: This distinctive, gold-colored statue is of Birmingham's three great industrialists and entrepreneurs who contributed greatly to the city's prosperity during the 18th century: Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdoch.
Reviewed 26 May 2014

It's a nice statue, and you won't miss it if you walk past it. But it's not an attraction in its own right,

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Reviewed 18 December 2013

Came across this statue whilst en route - beautifully restored tribute to three key figures in Birmingham's history.
What a delight! - City pride and justifiably so.

Thank V E D
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

A fitting tribute to three of the pioneers (Boulton, Watt & Murdoch) of the industrial revolution and well worth taking a moment to contemplate their contribution to Birmingham and the world. They look a whole lot better since being re-gilded, hence the nickname.

Thank JeremyPC
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Reviewed 21 October 2013

This is a shining example of Birmingham's heritage.

Outside the House of Sport (formerly the Register Office) on Broad Street stands the statue of Boulton, Watt and Murdoch, nicknamed 'The Golden Boys' or 'The Carpet Salesmen'. It is the work of William Bloye, formerly head of sculpture at Birmingham School of Art and was unveiled in 1956, although preliminary designs were drawn up in 1938.

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.

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 is planned to be relocated; suggested sites including 'across the road' in Centenary Square or at Millennium Point in Eastside[1].

The larger than life size figures are in bronze, with a gold finish, on a pedestal of Portland stone and are depicted discussing engine plans. The piece is in a "temporary" position and was originally intended to stand outside a Planetarium, which was never built, but which would have stood outside what is now the Repertory Theatre.

The three men pioneered the industrial revolution in late 18th century England. James Watt's improvements to the steam engine and William Murdoch's invention of gas lighting have made them famous throughout the world. Matthew Boulton, entrepreneur and industrialist, harnessed their talents in a company that made everything from tableware and copper coinage to steam engines. His home, Soho House, is now a museum. All three men are buried in St Mary's Church Handsworth, known as 'the Westminster Abbey of the Industrial Revolution'.

1  Thank Topkoppite
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Reviewed 25 August 2013

The Three Wise Men statue comprises three industrialists who played a central role in Birmingham's economic development in the 18th century: James Watt, Matthew Boulton and William Murdoch. Worth a quick look if you're interested in Birmingham's history.

Thank PebbleL
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