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Appeal to trace sundial donated to Stourbridge by King Ed's pupils
3:06pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
AN APPEAL has gone out to trace a sundial donated to Stourbridge by pupils from King Edward VI Grammar School which disappeared in the 1980s.
It is believed students of the school, now King Edward VI College, organised a collection to purchase the sundial in 1952.
It was installed in an area at the top of Lower High Street which was known as Clock Tower Gardens before being removed in 1983 when the Crown Centre was built.
Now Stourbridge Old Edwardian Club wants to find out what happened to the sundial with the possible aim of reclaiming it for the town.
Stephen Branson, Honorary Secretary of Stourbridge Old Edwardian Club, said the group’s search for the timepiece was prompted after it received a letter from an older member who had visited Stourbridge recently after a long absence and had wondered where it had gone.
The member presumed it had been removed as part of the Tesco redevelopment.
Mr Branson said: “I had to write back and say it was removed in 1983 when the Crown Centre was developed!
“We would really like to know where it is. If anyone has it, if that person was prepared to let us have it it would be nice because it was purchased for public display, but firstly we would just like to know if it still exists and where it is.”
Mr Branson said the collection amongst pupils was organised either to celebrate the upcoming Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II or the 400th anniversary of the foundation of King Edward VI’s issuing of a Royal Charter for a King Edward VI school in Stourbridge.
Anyone with information on the sundials whereabouts can call Mr Branson on 01384 390744 during office hours.
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