Housman Statue Plinth Close

From far, from eve and morning
And yon twelve-winded sky
The stuff of life to knit me
Blew hither: here am I.

Visitors to Bromsgrove can catch a whisper of poet and classicist A. E. Housman after his evocative words were carved into the new granite plinth of his hometown statue.

The town centre statue has had a facelift as a small part of last year’s total overhaul of the High Street, a £1.2m project by the Town Centre Regeneration Partnership supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund that transformed the area.

The statue, first erected in 1985, was moved and renovated during those works and now boasts a polished granite plinth designed by the Housman Society and Bromsgrove District Council.

Housman Society Chairman Jim Page said: “It is wonderful to have A.E. Housman back as the focal point of Bromsgrove's beautifully refurbished High Street - and it is a happy coincidence that this year we celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the statue's unveiling.”

Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for the town centre Cllr Rita Dent said: “It’s a fitting way to present Bromsgrove’s most celebrated son. What a difference the heritage project has made to our High Street.”

Two sides of the plinth are carved with poetry chosen by the Housman Society, including the verse above, and two with the statue’s original dedications from 1985.

Born near Bromsgrove and attending Bromsgrove School, Housman held professorships of Latin at both University College London and Cambridge University. His most famous work, the collection of poems A Shropshire Lad, was published in 1896 and has proved enduringly popular.

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The Housman statue stands on its new plinth in Bromsgrove High Street