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

Lady Wulfruna

Summary

Type Statue

     The statue depicts Lady Wulfruna in Anglo-Saxon clothing, of a simple long dress and cloak fastened with a large cross-shaped brooch. She holds a scroll with a large royal seal upon it.
     The statue was commissioned by the Express and Star newspaper in connection with the newspaper's centenary.
     Lady Wulfruna is regarded as the founder of Wolverhampton. In 985AD she was granted a land charter by King Ethelred II. She was given the seventh century Saxon settlement of Heantun or High Town, which then became known as Wulfrun Heantun. In 995AD Lady Wulfruna gave a parcel of land at the high point for the construction of a monastery. This is now the site of St Peter's Church, in front of which she stands.

Inscriptions

On the pedestal: THIS STATUE OF/ LADY WULFRUN/ BY SIR CHARLES WHEELER KCVO, CBE, PPRA/ FREEMAN OF WOLVERHAMPTON/ WAS PRESENTED BY THE EXPRESS AND STAR/ TO THE TOWN OF WOLVERHAMPTON/ TO MARK THE NEWSPAPERS CENTENARY/ IN NOVEMBER 1974

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Wheeler, Charles Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Bronze, patinated 200cm high approx
Pedestal Granite, black and white 175cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwvWVxx041 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Metallic staining
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • Graffiti
  • Surface damage
Road Cheapside
Precise location In front of St Peter's Church
A-Z ref 29 1H
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1974
Unveiling details 1974
Commissioned by The Express and Star Newspaper
Duty of care Wolverhampton City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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