National Recording Project


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

Waiting to Bowl


Type Statue

     The statue depicts a heavily bearded gentleman in traditional bowling costume, jacket, waistcoat, and cap. He holds a bowling ball in his right hand, his left hand rest on his hip.
     This sculpture was part of a sculpture trail project between Stafford Borough Council and Stafford College.The sculptures were all created by students on Stafford Colleges HND Figurative Sculpture Course. The venture was supported by Virgin Trains and West Midlands Arts. The sculpture project was opened by The Mayor, Counciller H. Brunt. The intention was that this would be a Millennium project; however, of the twenty or so sculptures originally placed in the park, only six remain.This is partially due to the use of materials such as fibreglass which easy for vandals to damage. A local news report details some of the vandalism, stating that, 'hands and arms of statues had been broken off and a giant shark sculpture had been tipped into the River Sow.' (1) However, Waiting to Bowl has fared well over the five years of its existence and has not been vandalised. It is hoped to secure funding to enable a cast to be made and a more permanent figure in bronze installed at the bowling green.
     The sculpture is based on a portrait of Dr W G Grace and was inspired by an old photograph discovered by the sculptor. Dr Grace was the founder of the English Bowling Association in 1903 as well as achieving fame as a cricketer and Captain of England.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Cripps, Rosemary Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole sculpture Fibreglass, coloured bronze 180cm high approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STstSTxx017 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Mill Bank
Precise location Victoria Park, by bowling green kiosk
A-Z ref None
OS ref SJ921229
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1998
Unveiling details opened Friday 3 July 1998
Commissioned by Stafford Borough Council
Duty of care Stafford Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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