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

Commemorative Railings

Summary

Type Street Furniture

     A series of railing posts have been fabricated to resemble nails. Along the main road, these are joined by 'ropes' of wrought iron. Four individual bunches of nails are not part of the railings, and are about half their height. Chains and buckles in wrought iron attach the remaining railing posts to eight egg-shaped medallions suspended midway between each of them. Each of the medallions is decorated with symbols of a different local industry, thereby celebrating Rugeley's heritage. On the left, inwards from the roundabout, they depect mining (pit head wheel, pick, shovel and coal), metal working (knife, forceps and breastplate), and hat-making (a top hat). On the right, they depict a startled horse on its hind legs, glass-making (flasks, vases and a retort), engineering (cog wheel with spikes and a machine tool of some kind), blacksmithing (an anvil, hammer and tongs), and possibly clothing (though the military jacket could alternatively refer to the many army camps in the area). The medallions have the same design on both sides. The designs are almost flat, and are bolted onto the black blackground in each case. The railings with the medallions lead up to a wrought iron archway at the entrance to the pedestrianised area, which has the word RUGELEY in gold in a circular medallion at its apex. There are three horseshoes in a vertical line on each side of the archway. The choice of colour scheme and materials are identical to those for the benches recently installed in Elmore Park nearby, and inscribed with the date '1999'.
         

Inscriptions

Within circular medallion at the apex of the entrance archway: RUGELEY

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Railing posts Wrought iron, painted black 1.82m high
Medallions Sheet metal, black and gold 1.07m high x 81 cm wide (egg shaped)
Archway Wrought iron, painted black 5m high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STccRUxx001 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Upper Brook Street
Precise location at the entrance to the pedestrianised area, by Horsefair Roundabout
A-Z ref 196 4C
OS ref None

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Date of design 2000-2001
Year of unveiling 2001
Unveiling details 4 February 2001
Commissioned by Cannock Chase District Council in partnership with Trent Challenge
Duty of care Cannock Chase District Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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