ALL THE KING'S MEN SCULPTURE WALK


 


The Sculptures


The Sculpture Walk has been designed to stimulate gentle exercise while at the same time helping people appreciate the historical significance of Harlescott Grange through six thematically linked sculptures.

The artists creating the sculptures, each selected a theme to inspire their work based on the guidance from Mike Stokes, Shrewsbury & Atcham Borough Council's Museum's Archeologist. They found additional inspiration and practical assistance from workshops with people from local schools and groups.

The 35 pavement waymarkers were individually designed by members of the local community - click here to see some of the waymarkers.

 

Click here for a map of the Walk

 

After the Battle

 

Artist: Ivan Williams

Materials: Concrete

Site: Middlegate

 

Treacherous dips or sunken hedgerow hollows are already half filled graves as the fighting stops.

The dead and dying are stripped of armour and other valuables.

The chances of recovering from wounds are slim.

Burial pits become fertile starting points for other life.

 

 

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Provisions

 


Artist: Ruth Gibson & Huw Powell Roberts
Materials:Brick Clay
Site: Morris Close



 

Click here to see pictures of the making of the King's Table from start to finish

With thanks to Ibstock Brick Limited for

clay, help and expertise

There are over 18,000 men, plus camp followers assembled before the battle.

Each army needs food to cut out hunger, and weapons to cut each other - both must be amply provided.

You are invited to eat at the king's table.

 

Divided Loyalties

Artist: Jim Sadler

Materials:Steel plate

Site: Corbet field

 

Only 2 years previously the rebels had been allies, fighting alongside King Henry in Scotland.

Now, lusting for power and irritated by the King's ingratitude, Hotspur and Worcester rush headlong against Henry and his son to decide the future of the crown.

Who has right on his side?

- there are two ways of seeing it.


 

 

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Negotiation

 


Artist: David Howorth

Materials: Steel plate

Site: The Moat


The rebels try to talk, but with so much to lose King Henry offers no option except conditional mercy for a few of the rebels - not a tempting offer.

By afternoon the talking stops and the fighting begins. It is all over in less than two hours and Hotspur's head is hung from Shrewsbury's Buttercross.

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The Eve of the Battle

Artist:Clinton Chaloner & Cheryl Hughes

Materials:Green oak

Site: Bainbridge Green


Mediaeval battles are bloodthirsty affairs and death or mutilation is a serious probability.

Amidst snores. Prayers and dreams of loot, armourers sharpen axes and archers keep bowstrings dry in contemplating tomorrow's uproar.  

 

 

Click here to see pictures of the making of the Eve of the Battle sculptures from start to finish including the involvement of the Grange Secondary School pupils

 

The Landscape

 


Artist:Jeff & Pam Salter

Materials:Brick clay

Site: Kynaston field


Why Shrewsbury?

Why Harlescott?

Royal and rebel armies converge on Shrewsbury to command the crossing of the Severn.

The King holds the town but the rebels hold the battlefield slope beyond it. Many of the participants in the battle are celebrated in local road names.

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