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railings surmounted by various
in this case two bears
- at Hartshill -
In 1930 Rosemary Ednam, daughter of
the Duke of Sutherland, was leading a fund-raising campaign to build
an extension to what was then called the Cripples' Home when she was
killed in an air crash. Her death brought an emotional response from
local people, and the target for the extension was reached within
twelve months. The new buildings, named after Lady Ednam, were
opened in 1931 by the Prince of Wales.
The hospital site was bounded by
metal railings, painted green, into which a series of decorative
panels have been inserted. There are seven separate panels, with
four heraldic panels alternating with four panels showing two girls
rolling hoops, three boys running and two girls skipping
and four boys swimming.
Rosemary, Viscountess Ednam
Rosemary Millicent Leveson-Gower
was born on 9 August 1893.
She was the daughter of
4th Duke of Sutherland
She married William
Ward, 3rd Earl
of Dudley, son of
William Humble Ward,
2nd Earl of Dudley
on 8 March 1919.
She died on 21 July
1930 at age 36, killed in a plane crash.
The two girls rolling hoops are shown frontally,
have long flowing hair,
and wear short-sleeved blouses and pleated skirts.
Ribbons stream out behind them in circular arcs.
This panel is surmounted by two ducks standing beak to beak.
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