Boulton, Watt and Murdoch

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A gilded bronze statue of Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdoch by William Bloye stood until recently on a plinth of Portland stone, outside the Register Office, in Birmingham, England.

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.

It was unveiled in 1956, although preliminary designs were drawn up in 1938.

All three men were members of the Lunar Society.

The statue has been removed for restoration and re-gilding, and is then planned to be relocated across the road in Centenary Square.

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