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Memorial to James Chance in West Smethwick Park

A Grade II Listed Building in Smethwick, Sandwell

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Latitude: 52.4983 / 52°29'53"N

Longitude: -1.991 / 1°59'27"W

OS Eastings: 400706

OS Northings: 288928

OS Grid: SP007889

Mapcode National: GBR 5C2.7B

Mapcode Global: VH9YV.FGSP

Plus Code: 9C4WF2X5+8H

Entry Name: Memorial to James Chance in West Smethwick Park

Listing Date: 29 September 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1077101

English Heritage Legacy ID: 219389

ID on this website: 101077101

Location: West Smethwick Park, West Smethwick, Sandwell, West Midlands, B66

County: Sandwell

Electoral Ward/Division: St Pauls

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Smethwick

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Midlands

Church of England Parish: Smethwick The Resurrection

Church of England Diocese: Birmingham

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SP 08 NW
9/168 Memorial to James Chance
in West Smethwick Park


Memorial. Circa 1900. Brick and terra cotta. Comprises a centrepiece
flanked by concave walls, approached by steps. The flanking walls terminate
in brick piers and incorporate terra cotta seats. The centrepiece is flanked
by paired columns supporting an entablature with decorated frieze and modillion
cornice, surmounted by a broken pediment. The latter has swept sides and a
central finial. A central oval recess contains a bronze bust. Below is an
inscribed plaque:

"James J Chance MA JP DL. For fifty years a partner in the firm
of Chance Brothers & Co at the Glass Works Smethwick and at the
Akali Works Oldbury.

"He purchased the land for the Park, laid it out and endowed it and
on September 7th 1895 opened it a gift to the public for ever. He
also made the roads on the east and west boundaries."

Listing NGR: SP0070688928

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