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

The Legend of St. Kenelm


Type Landscape , Sculpture

     A series of wood sculptures commemorating Kenelm, the Prince of Mercia. The garden is arranged in the manner of a contemporary sculpture park, the viewer is led in and around via a number of alternative pathways guided by the sombre sculptures. The upper section of each sculpture has four undulating points resembling a crown. Each sculpture makes reference to a member of royalty, appearing to stand strategically around the spot where Kenelm, Prince of Mercia died in ceremonial fashion. The two sculptures that mark the bridge each have a simple relief of an eye.
          Kenelm, the Prince of Mercia.


(The first two sculptures have the following inscriptions) 'In Clentho Vaccae Valli Kenemus Regius Natus' 'Lacet Subspino Capite Truncatus' Two others are inscribed RENULPH and KENELM respectively. (On commemorative plaque) ' 'The Legend of St. Kenelm'. It is said that the spring that bursts forth on this site marks the spot where St. Kenelm, Prince of Mercia, died. The legend has been interpreted and celebrated by artist Michael Fairfax in partnership with the people of Romsley and Hunnington. This project has been made possible by; North Worcestershire Countryside Action Project (NWCAP) St. Kenelms Parish Church Council St. Kenelms First School Romsley and Hunnington Parish Councils Romsley Historical Society Halesowen Wildlife Group Public Arts Commissions Agency This project was funded by the NWCAP with a grant from West Midlands Arts Boards Villages Arts Fund. 1995'

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Fairfax, Michael Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculptures Wood Average 1.43m x 29.5cm x 10 cm
Plaque None None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WObrCLdl001 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road Chapel Lane
Precise location behind St. Kenelm's Church
A-Z ref None
OS ref SJ944807
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1995
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Romsley and Hunnington Parish Councils
Duty of care Romsley Parish Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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