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Bewdley Town Council

Bewdley's Bid to Honour Stanley Baldwin

By Town Clerk's Office Bewdley Town Council

Monday, 28 March 2016

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A PLANNING application has been submitted to Wyre Forest District Council for the erection of a statue of Stanley Baldwin in Bewdley town centre.

The application, which has been submitted to planning officers by the Stanley Baldwin Statue Appeal Company, would see a bronze statue of the former Prime Minister - by sculptor Martin Jennings - erected near to the town’s Guildhall, Kemp Hospice shop and former HSBC bank, in Load Street.

The statue would be accompanied by a stone plinth and the plans include the repositioning of street furniture and new paving works.

Richard Perrin, chairman of the appeal company, said: “We have appointed well-known sculptor, Martin Jennings, who is currently doing us a maquette. He is doing a scale model of what the eventual statue will look like.

“His most well-known sculpture would be of Sir John Betjeman at St Pancreas station in London.

“We have the support of the Bewdley Civic Society and Bewdley Town Council in our appeal for the statue to be situated in the town. We have a lot of support from people.

“Hopefully we will get planning permission for the statue, then we will look at launching a fundraising campaign to fund the statue.

“We wanted to do this because there is no statue of Stanley Baldwin anywhere in the world. There are busts, but no actual statue.

“His reputation suffered somewhat during the Second World War. But in between then and now, his reputation has been restored and he is now considered to have been a great Prime Minister.

“He was born in Bewdley, and he is known as Bewdley’s most famous son. Next year it will be the 150th anniversary of his birth and it would be great to have the statue in his place of birth then.”

The application can be viewed on Wyre Forest District Council’s planning website via the reference number 16/0065/FULL.

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