....that precious booty, the rounds and the rings they had reft erewhile, hardy heroes, from hoard in cave - trusting the ground with treasure of earls, gold in the earth, where ever it lies: Beowulf extract and translation from final chapter XLIII

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Express & Star 26 March 2016

Giant M6 Saxon warrior statue 'would be in the wrong place'

This giant statue of a Saxon warrior, inspired by the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard, could appear near the M6 in the county.

But the proposal for the 114ft monument near Stoke has already been criticised, as the site would be more than 30 miles from where the hoard was found.
Council bosses want to spend £3.5million on the warrior in connection with the hoard, the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever unearthed found in Hammerwich near Burntwood.

Lichfield District Councillor Ken Humphreys, who represents Hammerwich, said: "I have seen what they are hoping to do and I am not happy with it being so close to the M6 where it will be more of distraction than a monument, and the fact that Stoke is the wrong place for it."

"But I am not in favour of it at all really.

"The sort of money its going to cost could be better used for permanent displays of the hoard in Lichfield."

Stoke-on-Trent City Council, which is behind the plans for the statue, has stated the city has its own 'special significance' to Anglo Saxon history.
While much of the hoard is on display at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke.

Read more at http://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-news/2016/03/26/giant-saxon-warrior-statue-would-be-in-wrong-place/#hhe82ESzR1izwD4j.99

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