Statue 12: Whistle Stop

Bridgnorth Art Trail Statue 12 AVBirch

Hear about Statue 12

Location: Whitburn Street (Smithfield Centre)

This location completes the circuit of the old town walls (and we are near to Statue 1).
Here stood the Whitburn Gate entrance to the town. It was demolished in 1762 to ease traffic congestion. More recently, the new road ahead of you was put in to do the same job; this passes through the Smithfield, where the town’s cattle market was held.
The town wall ran to here from Listley Gate via Hungry Gate (at the end of St. Mary’s Street) and alongside Pound Street, which is the top of Squirrel Bank.

Sponsor: AV Birch Ltd.
Established in 1977, AV Birch has grown from a local engineering service to a worldwide engineering specialist. From our Midlands-based engineering facility, we can deliver the solution to keep your business moving forward. From concept design, right through to installation, our in-house team can deliver all Metal fabrication, Machining, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Electrical and Automation control.
For over 40 years AV Birch has strived to set the highest standard in engineering and fabrication throughout the UK, and the rest of the world, working not only locally but nationally in the rail, automotive, aeronautical and internationally in the timber machinery sector.

Artist: Nicky Meechan

Nicky Meechan with her Catch Me Who Can train design
Nicky Meechan is a teacher and artist based in Ironbridge. She currently runs art classes at the Maws Craft Centre. Both children and adults along with her art assistants have been involved in the statue, from backgrounds to trees, wheels and zentangles. It’s been a real team effort!
Having traced her family tree, Nicky has found a connection going back many years with Bridgnorth. She was delighted when asked to be involved in this fantastic community art trail.

The Design

This design is based on the work of Bridget Wilkinson with a delightful mixture of zentangles running through it. The buildings were chosen to represent a “Whistle Stop” tour of Bridgnorth, beginning in High Town and descending down the Cartway into Low Town, before reaching the Severn Valley Railway. The design also depicts buildings important to her sponsor, AV Birch, from humble beginnings in an army Nissen Hut to a very grand array of new factory buildings and offices just outside Bridgnorth.