Birmingham Gas Dept - Allegory

WM reference
17374
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 19th November 1921
Current location

IN THE GROUNDS OF THE CLUB
British Gas Social Club
Woodacre Road
Erdington
Birmingham
West Midlands
England
OS Grid Ref.: SP 122 915
Denomination: Undefined

Previous location

COUNCIL HOUSE
Edmund St
Birmingham
Birmingham
West Midlands
England
OS Grid Ref.: Undefined
Denomination: Undefined

Description

HOPTON STONE PEDESTAL SURMOUNTED BY A BRONZE FIGURE OF BRITANNIA. INSCRIPTION ON THE FRONT OF THE PEDESTAL. SEALED WITHIN THE MEMORIAL ARE NEWSPAPERS AND SCROLLS BRITANNIA HOLDS (THE LITTLE NIKE OR) VICTORY IN HER RIGHT HAND AND IN HER LEFT SHE HOLDS THE PALMS OF VICTORY AND THE ROSARY OF REMEMBRANCE

Inscription

TO THE / GLORIOUS MEMORY / OF / THE MEN OF THE / BIRMINGHAM / GAS DEPARTMENT / WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN / THE GREAT WAR / 1914 - 1919 AND 1939 - 1945 / (NAMES) / LET THOSE WHO COME AFTER SEE TO IT THAT THEIR NAMES BE NOT FORGOTTEN

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

None recorded

Subject/Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: Undefined
Died: Undefined
Exact count: no
Information shown: Undefined
Order of information: Undefined

Subject/Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: Undefined
Died: Undefined
Exact count: no
Information shown: Undefined
Order of information: Undefined

Component

Pedestal
Condition: Good
Measurements:
Materials: Stone - Hopton Wood
Listed?: No

Component

Sculpture
Condition: Good
Measurements:
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 19th November 1921
Attended by: UNKNOWN

History

1999: MEMORIAL DUE TO BE REFURBISHED AND SUITABLE REPLACEMENT FOR FIGURE CONSIDERED. 1994: BRONZE FIGURE OF BRITANNIA WAS STOLEN SHORTLY AFTER IT WAS MOVED TO THE CURRENT LOCATION UNKNOWN: WHEN THE MEMORIAL WAS MOVED FROM THE COUNCIL HOUSE THE SCROLLS AND NEWSPAPERS WERE REMOVED AND CONSERVED AND RE-GILDED BEFORE BEING RE-SEALED WITHIN THE WORK.

Costs

Site: £550
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Corporate, other
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

BRITISH GAS

Reference

Public Sculpture of Britain Birmingham including Sutton Coldfield (1998) pp.156-7

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