A statue was placed outside Bournemouth Conference Centre in 1998, commemorating three local holders of the Victoria Cross and the town’s first surveyor, Christopher Crabb Creeke. He was largely responsible for shaping the early development of Bournemouth, a town of meandering roads and spacious villas. He was also the first sanitary engineer. In an attempt at seaside postcard humour, the statue’s sculptor has depicted Creeke sitting on a lavatory, stroking his beard. It had a mixed reception.