Castle Bromwich

Published on September 27th, 2014 | by admin

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Roof with a View

St Mary & St Margaret Church Castle Bromwich has always has a roof with a fantastic view, but now visitors to the church tower can truly appreciate everything they see. Thanks to the Stories Behind the Headstones project 4 interpretation panels have been installed showing what can be seen from each direction.

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David Adams, who provided the sketches and project managed the production and installation of the panels comments:

“Some time ago, by coincidence of circumstances, I became involved in efforts to improve the local conservation area in general and, at the same time, the graveyard in particular, led by Terrie Knibb and the Castle Bromwich Youth & Community Partnership.

They were anxious to involve the PCC in their activities in as many ways as possible.

During discussions the popularity of trips up the church tower was mentioned and our own Rector, Gavin regretted the absence of any information at the top regarding the salient features of the surrounding areas.

By chance I had recently visited the newly built “campanile-like” tower added to the revamped Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. The viewing area at the top was provided with rather approximate sketches of the Warwickshire countryside and I was unwise to tell those present that I could do better – I was to come to regret those words!

hlf2It was agreed that I should provide sketch proposals and that if Terrie and her colleagues were able to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund we should provide information plates on each of the parapets of our tower.

So now after much form filling and many months of work by myself and the graphics company, we now have on display, at the tower top, the fruits of our labour.

hlf1There are four sheets of beautifully engraved stainless steel mounted on mahogany brackets explaining the views to the North, East, South and West.

I have to say that I have great sympathy for the artist of the Stratford plates for, despite trying my best,  I now know how difficult it is to adequately portray our surroundings in this medium. I hope those who use them will pardon my deficiencies.

hlf4We are most grateful to the HLF for their support.

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