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Trentham Gardens 2/7

We visited Trentham Gardens in July last year where we met Martin and Elaine Robinson who only live a few miles down the road in the village of Stone. We had a great day out together, the only disappointment being the inclement weather for a July day and the odd shower now and then if I recall. In one area of the garden is this unusual sculpture remembering when the Bankers Clearing House was transferred to Trentham for the duration of WWII. The statue has seven sides - as a fifty pence coin does - it sits on one side and the other six are visible. Each side is divided diagonally and the banks' crests stand out against a bubble-type background surface. The figure inside the coin is in a semi-foetal position with the knees tucked up near the chin.

Trentham Gardens 2/7

We visited Trentham Gardens in July last year where we met Martin and Elaine Robinson who only live a few miles down the road in the village of Stone. We had a great day out together, the only disappointment being the inclement weather for a July day and the odd shower now and then if I recall. In one area of the garden is this unusual sculpture remembering when the Bankers Clearing House was transferred to Trentham for the duration of WWII. The statue has seven sides - as a fifty pence coin does - it sits on one side and the other six are visible. Each side is divided diagonally and the banks' crests stand out against a bubble-type background surface. The figure inside the coin is in a semi-foetal position with the knees tucked up near the chin.

comments (13)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 28 Mar 2017, 02:07
J'aime beaucoup la sculpture.
Brian Walbey: This one is very unusual isn't it.
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 28 Mar 2017, 02:59
The figure looks despondent, Brian...perhaps he could not balance the books.

Many years ago, the Melbourne Clearing House Manager decided to take a long holiday, and his Assistant was not able to stand-in.

I was trying to complete my knowledge of Bank Clearing and Settlement, in preparation for managing the building of an automated Settlement Process to handle Electronic Funds Transfer transactions between Banks, so I volunteered to be the Manager of the Clearing House for several weeks...it was very interesting, even though the role was more ceremonial than sleeves-rolled-up work.
Brian Walbey: All good experience Ray, I bet you didn't look as despondent as this fellow seems to.
Its an unusual statue, Brian, very interesting.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frank.
I really like that sculpture, Brian - a great shot of the gardens
Brian Walbey: Very unusual isn't it.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Mar 2017, 07:00
I'm glad you explained the sculpture Brian. I would never had guessed it related to banking!
Brian Walbey: I had to investigate to find out more about it.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Mar 2017, 09:38
It's a fascinating sculpture. It's amazing to think with what was going on with WWII that someone would have had the foresight to move the piece to somewhere safer. I wonder why it was not returned?
Brian Walbey: Indeed rather strange that.
A very unusual sculpture Brian.
Brian Walbey: It has seven sides just like 50p.piece.
Someone is asleep on the job of sitting on the money.
Brian Walbey: Looks like that doesn't it smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Mar 2017, 14:58
Interesting sculpture, thank you for the information.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Anne.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Mar 2017, 16:52
a very interesting sculpture with many details to observe! I cannot recognise the "inclement weather". I love the plethora of green.
Brian Walbey: It was dull and cloudy all day with showers every so often and a keen wind, not what one expects for July! I do agree though, the greens everywhere were lovely.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 28 Mar 2017, 18:00
How very unusual, Brian
Brian Walbey: I'd not seen anything like it before.
Love the sculpture!
Brian Walbey: Most unusual isn't it.
good that you got some shots despite the weather, Brian. it looks like a well tended and cared for garden. apart from the bank crest, i would not have known of any connection.
Brian Walbey: A most unusual sculpture isn't it.

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