Cu­riosi­ties of Birm­ing­ham

Birmingham Post - - SPECIAL FEATURE -

Mon­u­ment in Red House Park The obelisk in Red House Park, Great Barr com­mem­o­rates Princess Char­lotte of Wales. Princess Char­lotte was the only le­git­i­mate child of the then Prince Re­gent, who be­came Ge­orge IV, and Caro­line of Brunswick, and pre­sumed heir to the Bri­tish throne. Ex­tremely pop­u­lar, she mar­ried Leopold of Saxe-Coburg-Saal­field (later Leopold of the Bel­gians) in 1816, but sadly died the day after giv­ing birth to a still­born son, in Novem­ber 1817, aged 21. Fol­low­ing her death, there was a huge out­pour­ing of pub­lic grief and the obelisk was erected in mem­ory of the Princess, by the then owner of Red House, Lib­eral MP for Wal­sall, Robert Well­beloved Scott. Horse­fair Mosias The ‘Horse­fair 1908’ mo­saic by Ken­neth Budd was cre­ated in 1967 within Hol­loway Cir­cus and is one of Birm­ing­ham’s few re­main­ing 60s art­works still in its orig­i­nal po­si­tion. The mu­ral de­picts life in the vicin­ity, par­tic­u­larly the fa­mous horse fair which took place there and was the last re­main­ing mar­ket of the char­ter granted by Henry III in 1215.

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