Canon Thomas Major Lester

Monument to Canon Thomas Major Lester

Sir George Frampton, R.A., P.R.B.S. (1860-1928)


Bronze on a sandstone pedestal

St John's Gardens


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  • Born in Fulham, south London, and educated at Christ's College Cambridge, Thomas Major Lester (1829-1903) became a curate in Liverpool in 1853. Apart from a stint in Manchester, he spent the rest of his life in the city, becoming Vicar of St Mary's Kirkdale, and later an honorary Canon of the city. He is widely remembered for the Kirkdale Child Charities, through which he operated the Major Street Ragged Schools and later a Girls' Home in Walton Road, followed by school facilities there. As it says on the right side of the pedestal, he also founded the Stanley Hospital. Over 10,000 children benefited from his work ("Canon Thomas Major Lester"). A prominent educationist, amongst his many offices were those of Chairman of the Liverpool Self-Help Emigration Society, and President of the Liverpool Ruskin Society. He is buried at Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool. [continued below]

    Photograph, caption, and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2009

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