Counting the cost of history.

When he was Mayor of Bath – and a councillor with B&NES – Bryan Chalker helped rescue one of the last remaining rail-mounted, self-propelled steam cranes to be built by one of the city’s most famous industrial concerns.

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This original Stothert and Pitt crane stands now on Bath Riverside on a site where it was once built and operated but which is now being transformed into a residential site by Crest Nicholson.

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The construction company also helped preserve this example of local engineering and have set it up as a tribute to what went before.

However, it’s the future now concerning Mr Chalker.

Whilst serving as a councillor he was also ‘Heritage Champion’ for B&NES – a fitting role for a man who loves industrial local history and who helps organise an annual exhibition of Bath’s industrial heritage – but now he must campaign without the former civic backing.

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Bryan says he’s concerned about the crane’s future maintenance.

He can organise the manpower but who is going to pay for the upkeep.

A spokesperson for Crest Nicholson told the Virtual Museum that the Company was looking at what it could do to help.

Please read on – if you want to find out more about the crane’s rescue. It’s a piece written by Bryan who also -these days – has his own radio show on Somer Valley 97.5 FM.

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Below is a poster giving details of the next Industrial Heritage Exhibition.

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