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

"The Rousler"

Summary

Type Statue , Sculpture

     A four-legged monster with single hair growing out of its forehead and a devils tail. It is seated, leaning out aggressively. It rests on a ridge tile.
          A demon was said to hunt on the Lickey Hills. The demon was known as 'Harry-ca-nab'. He had a pack of devilish hounds which he kept at Halesowen (or as it used to be commonly called Hell's own). The demon rode a winged horse and hunted for boars with his hands. The Rousler is said to be a representation of one of the demon's hounds.(1) The name 'rousler' appears to come from the Worcestershire word to 'rousle' which means to wake up.(2)

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Ridge tile Terracotta None
Monster Terracotta 100cm high x 50cm wide approx.

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WObrBRjh004 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
Vandalism
  • None
Road Stratford Road
Precise location Bromsgrove Library, reference section
A-Z ref None
OS ref SO962708
Date of design None
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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