September 24th, 2016

Help sought to bring back historic Redditch spire

Help sought to bring back historic Redditch spire Help sought to bring back historic Redditch spire
Updated: 3:05 pm, May 20, 2016

A REDDITCH councillor is urging residents to support him in his quest to save a valuable piece of local heritage.

Tom Baker-Price, Councillor for Headless Cross and Oakenshaw, is calling for help to bring the spire of the former Methodist Church back to the area.

The Methodist Church on Evesham Road was recently demolished to make way for new housing and the spire tower, which had stood for more than a 100 years, has been moved to Hereford.

It will not return to Redditch unless £35,000 can be raised.

As the Redditch Standard revealed last week, the church was bulldozed as the cost of repairing it would run to some £1 million.

In the ruins was a time capsule from 1895 giving a unique insight into life in Redditch at that time, while the spire itself was of a lattice design – one of only two in the country – after the previous one had collapsed during a storm destroying the original church.

Coun Baker-Price said: “In Headless Cross we have a great sense of community and pride in our history. The tower is an iconic part of our village.

“The tower must be resurrected back into the Headless Cross community as a lasting monument to the town’s rich history.”

He is also calling upon the leader of the Council to protect the listed landmark and asking that residents and those with an interest in local history contact him with a view to holding a public meeting.

For more information contact Coun Baker-Price on 07570 121111.