Birmingham Gas Dept - Allegory

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

Current location

BRITISH GAS SOCIAL CLUB,Woodacre Rd,Erdington,Birmingham,West Midlands,England
OS Grid Ref.: SP 190 110
Denomination: Unknown

Previous location

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

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

Subject / Period

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

Subject / Period

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

Component

Pedestal
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 2200MM
Materials: Stone - Hopton Wood
Listed?: No

Component

Sculpture
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 1400MM
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

Notes

'Evening Mail' 28 Oct. 1999

Reference

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

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Archive for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this will be included in the record during 2015.

This information is made available under a Creative Commons BY-NC licence.

This means you may reuse it for non-commercial purposes only and must attribute it to us using the following statement:

© IWM (WMA-17374)

For queries, please contact memorials@iwm.org.uk.