Listed trough to be relocated

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Dudley Council has confirmed plans to re-site a Grade II listed RSPCA animal drinking trough in Pensnett.

The trough was installed in 1912 as a drinking trough for the many horses, ponies and cattle who would have travelled through the area at the time.

Also intended to be used as a drinking fountain for the children at the neighbouring School, it was erected to commemorate the coronation of King George V and is significant due to its links to the RSPCA, the world’s first animal welfare charity. Now used as a decorative flower bed in-front of 155 High Street, it is at risk of significant damage due to vehicles driving too close to it.

It will be moved to a new site later this month, around five metres from the existing site, to the back of a pavement area close to fencing at St Mark C of E Primary School.

Listed Building Consent has been approved and the Historic England’s list entry will to be amended to reflect the revised location. Councillor Shaz Saleem, cabinet member for public realm, said:

"We are pleased to able to support the re-siting of this listed trough, which will take the structure out of harm’s way and better reveal its significance.

"The piece has been a feature of Pensnett High Street for many generations and tells the story of how the society back then was reliant on horse-based transport."

Work will start on-site from Monday 22 August with access to businesses and highways unaffected. Work is expected to complete before pupils return to school in September.


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