Photo By D J Norton

The King Returns!

Edward VII Statue

At the tail end of 2010, I noticed some work going on outside Baskerville House and I wondered what could be happening.  Then, a few weeks later, out of nowhere an impressive statue had appeared!  Thankfully, a story in the Birmingham Mail Extra cleared up the mystery and what a fascinating story it was...

The statue of King Edward VII was made by local sculptor Albert Toft way back in 1913.  It was paid for by donations by Mail readers and originally lived in Victoria Square.  In 1951, as the city's redevelopment frenzy got underway, it was moved to Highgate Park where it suffered neglect and vandalism.  To see it back in the heart of the city is something that I'm sure many people will appreciate.