History costs!

Bath’s former Mayor and Council ‘Heritage Champion’ Bryan Chalker is on the commemoration war path once again. He’s speaking up for Stothert and Pitt – once the city’s biggest industrial employer.

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The 1904 Stothert and Pitt steam crane at Crest’s Riverside development.

Not content with persuading Crest Nicholson to instal a Bath-built steam-driven crane – as part of its Riverside residential development of the company’s former factory site – Bryan wants to crowd fund a plaque to remember where Stothert and Pitt had its first industrial complex – and that’s under part of the Southgate Shopping Centre.

He’s already succeeded in raising funds to instal a plaque in the complex and that has S and P connections too. It marks the home of a Bath-born woman who went on to be the oldest living survivor of the sinking of the Titanic.

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This was taken at the recent unveiling of the Winnie Troutt plaque..

‘Winnie’ Troutt – who died in America in 1984 –  survived the 1912 disaster. The luxury liner – which lies at the bottom of the Atlantic – was equipped with lifting gear manufactured in Bath by the ‘ crane makers to the world.’

Bryan has sent me an image showing how the plaque might look and the information it would contain.

He explained:

“This will be the overall design, subject to fine-tuning for casting.

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The plaque will be cast in aluminium, with white lettering on a black background and measure approximately 300mm x 490mm.

The cost, including final art-work, will be £595 and I will need public support again, if at all possible.”

We’ll have to see how generous Bathonians are won’t we – and how many would like this important piece of local industrial history marked in this way.