Curiosities of Birmingham
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.