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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Saint Richard of Droitwich

Summary

     The octagonal brick base comprises of two levels - the upper section being of a depth of one brick. This is surmounted by an octagonal stone pedestal on which the above plaques are attached. Above is the statue of St Richard in his bishop's vestments in an attitude of blessing. However, most of his hands are missing, so his actual gesture is unclear.
         

Inscriptions

6 plaques around the octagonal base in black incised writing. At front inscriptions read: 'ABOUT 1250AD/WHEN THE BRINE FAILED/ST RICHARD BLESSED/THE GREAT UPWICH PIT/NEAR THIS SPOT' 'ST RICHARD/OF DROITWICH/BORN IN DROITWICH/1197 A.D./BISHOP OF CHICHESTER/1246-1253/CANONIZED 1262 A.D.' 'ERECTED 1935/TO CELEBRATE THE/SILVER JUBILEE/OF THE REIGN/OF HIS MAJESTY/ KING GEORGE V/ J.A. PITWAY/MAYOR' At back inscriptions read: 'SAINT/THANKS BE TO THEE/MY LORD JESUS CHRIST/FOR ALL THE BENEFITS/WHICH THOU HAST/GIVEN ME.' 'RICHARD'S/ FOR ALL THE PAINS AND/ INSULTS THOU HAST/BORN FOR ME O MOST/MERCIFUL REDEEMER/FRIEND AND BROTHER' 'PRAYER/MAY I KNOW THEE MORE/CLEARLY, LOVE THEE/MORE DEARLY AND/FOLLOW THEE MORE/NEARLY.'

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Base Brick and stone c.3.5m x 2.5m including statue
Statue Stone? None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WOwyDRjh003 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
  • Surface spalling, crumbling
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
Road Saltway
Precise location Vines Park facing west
A-Z ref None
OS ref SO902638
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1935
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Wychavon LDC and Droitwich Town Council
Listing status Don't know
At risk? Don't know

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