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

Statue to A. E. Housman

Summary

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.

Inscriptions

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.'

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Potts, Kenneth Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue bronze 225cm high approx.
Base Stone with metal plaque 300cm high x 150cm wide approx.

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WObrBRjh001 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Bird guano
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
Vandalism
  • None
Road High Street, near Lloyds Bank
Precise location None
A-Z ref 3D 142
OS ref SO961708
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1985
Unveiling details 22nd March 1985
Commissioned by The Housman Memorial Trust
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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