29 February 2016

Housman plaque gets new replacement at Bromsgrove School

BROMSGROVE School has replaced a commemorative blue plaque on the side of Cooke’s House on the campus to make sure poet and scholar AE Housman is not forgotten.

The original blue plaque was placed at the school 20 years ago in 1996 by the Housman Society, in conjunction with Bromsgrove District Council.

In total four of the plaques were placed on the side of buildings associated with Housman in Bromsgrove, and over the years the school’s plaque had become quite faded.

Refurbishment work is currently underway on Thomas Cooke’s House at Bromsgrove School, which along with the Old Chapel building, formed the heart of the school in the days when Housman was a student.

Cooke’s House, which is now a listed building, has been fully renovated as part of the Worcester Road School’s Day House project, which is aimed at keeping all of the historic buildings within the campus in a good condition.

The other plaques in Bromsgrove are on Housman’s birthplace Housman Hall, which is now also part of Bromsgrove School, the wall outside the Clock House and at the bottom of the path up to St John’s Church, which is known locally as Adams Steps.

Headmaster Peter Clague said: “The school offers its thanks to the Society for their continued support and generous contribution of the new plaque which adorns the oldest building at Bromsgrove School with pride.”

Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser