Parish Notes
HENDON

Grave of Jack Crawford

Photo of gravemarker: C. Sanders

Statue in Mowbray Park: J. Brown

Statue in Mowbray Park: J. Brown

Holy Trinity Plaque

In Hendon churchyard there is a monument marking the grave of Jack Crawford, hero of Camperdown. At the top is a cannon and balls raised in half relief. The monument is draped with a flag and bears the inscription

The
grave
of
Jack Crawford
The hero of
Camperdown

The sailor who heroically nailed
Admiral Duncan's flag
to the main-top-gallant-mast of
H.M.S. Venerable
after it had been shot away
in the glorious action off Camperdown,
October 11th 1797.
Jack Crawford was born in the
Pottery-Bank Sunderland 1775
and died in his native town 1831, aged 56 years.

Erected by public subscription
1888





A statue of Jack Crawford can be seen in Mowbray Park which reads:
Jack Crawford
the
Hero
of
Camperdown.

The sailor who so heroically nailed Admiral Duncan’s
flag to the main-top-gallant-mast of H.M.S. Venerable in the
glorious action off Camperdown, on October 11th, 1797.
Jack Crawford was born at the Pottery Bank Sunderland 1775,
and died in his native town 1831, aged 56 years.
Erected by Public Subscription.

There is a brass plaque in the porch of Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland, which reads:
The Birthplace of Jack Crawford
The Hero of Camperdown, born 1775, died 1841

The sailor who heroically nailed Admiral Duncan’s flag
to the main top gallant mast of H.M.S. “Venerable”
after it had been shot away in the glorious action off
Camperdown, October 11th, 1797.

This brass was erected on Queen’s Day June 22nd 1897
by Councillor Ralph Brown Annison, J.P. Honorary Secretary
“Jack Crawford” Committee which placed a tombstone
over Jack’s grave & erected the statue in Sunderland Park.

Another plaque underneath states:
The above Tablet was removed from the house where Jack Crawford was
born, owing to the demolition of the property and presented at this Church
by Mrs. Annison, widow of Alderman Ralph Brown Annison, J.P.

Sunderland City Library have issued a Local Studies Centre Fact Sheet Number 4 which tells the story of Jack Crawford.

Historic England Listing of Mowbray Park statue