Yorkshire Post (08/Oct/1930) - This World of Ours: The End of the Quest

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The End of the Quest.

Here writes one with authority; and ends our long quest for the explanation of the carved models of locomotives at Berry Brow Station. "The following," he writes — from Berry Brow — "is a true and authentic account furnished me by Mr. J.C. Stocks, whose name — as you said — appears on the inscription:—

There are two models, one being much larger than the other; the smaller one is the work of the late Mr. Tom Stocks, done fifty-three years ago; twenty-nine years after the Berry Brow Station was opened. This small model, a replica of the Rocket type of locomotive, was a gift to the Berry Brow stationmaster at that, Mr. McKie. Some years later it showed signs of weathering. It was removed to a higher and more sheltered position in the rocks, where it can still be seen.
Mr. McKie was anxious to replace it by a model of a more up-to-date locomotive, carved of more endurable stone. Now, Mr. T. Stocks's son, J.C. Stocks, was a young art student, some sixteen years of age, at this time. From a photograph he made a model of a contemporary locomotive. Mr. McKie submitted this model to the L. and Y. Railway; it was approved, and the young man carved it of stone supplied by the Scott Gate quarry, Honley. The masonry in which it is fixed was the work of some of the company's staff. The keynote to the arch is a portrait done by him of the late Mr. Swinburne, at that time the general engineer of the line, and made out of rock from the cutting.
For some years Mr. Stocks worked at his profession in America; he did much of the sculpture at the Washington House of the newspaper magnate, Mr. Hearst, and also of the New Orleans Public Library. His career in America was cut short by an attack of malaria. Later, he worked in London, studied under Professor Hartwell, won two silver medals, and did much ornamental work for the Government at Whitehall and Buckingham Palace. The outbreak of the war, frequent returns of malaria, and the diminished demand of present-day architecture for his craft has caused him now to abandon his profession.