Statue to A. E. Housman
Type Statue , Sculpture
Figure striding with cap and walking stick. A man on a stone plinth. He is standing, carrying a cap in his right hand and a pole in his left.
Unveiled by the Duke of Westminster in front of many of the town's dignitaries and local townspeople. The Rt. Hon. Enoch Powell, a Housman aficionado, was also present.
It was commissioned by the Housman Memorial trust. The local newspaper, The Bromsgrove Advertiser, also supported the project and encourage subscriptions from their readers.
There was some controversy surrounding the pose of the figure chosen by Potts, as it was said the Housman was punctilious about dress and would never have carried his hat whilst out of doors nor had his jacket unbuttoned as depicted.
A. E. Housman, a poet and scholar born a Fockbury and lived for many years on Bromsgrove itself. His best known work "A Shropshire Lad".
Housman's parnets moved to Perry Hall, Kidderminster Road, Bromsgrove when he was a boy. He attended the local Dane School and when old enough Bromsgrove School. His ashes are buried in St Laurence's Churchyard, Ludlow.
On metal plaque on back of stone plinth: ' The Statue of A.E. Housman / was unveiled by his Grace / The Duke of Westminster D.L. / On 22nd March 1985 / "And brooding on my heavy ill / I met a statue standing still." / A Shropshire Lad / Commissioned by the Housman Memorial Trust / Trustees / John Pugh: Chairman / Jo Hunt: / Mrs Margaret M.T. Taylor / A.G. Williams, chairman Bromsgrove District Council / G. Pritchard-Jones: Treasurer / George F. Badham J.P.: Secretary / The Statue was funded by Public Subscription. / Sculptor: Kenneth Potts.'
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