I’ve had an enquiry in for a while I’ve been meaning to post but kept forgetting (sorry, Shirley, my apologies) which will of no doubt be of interest to the Birmingham contingent amongst us – we’re looking for something missing from Fort Dunlop.
Fort Dunlop, now the site of housing and commercial development and a large retail park was once the home of the Dunlop tyre factory, and employed thousands of people in north east Birmingham.
I’ll let reader Shirley Jackson explain:
I wondered if, when you have time, you could point me in the right direction to people who might know the answer to this question…
At work, I was speaking to a lovely old gentleman, who used to work under my employer’s grandfather, George Beharrell. Sir George Beharrell became Chairman of Dunlop in 1937 – 1949 and apparently there used to be a statue of him at Fort Dunlop.
This statue is no longer there and I wondered if anyone would know what happened to it or if it was destroyed. (I don’t know what it was made of). Perhaps someone has a photo of it at the old site. I know my boss would very much like to know of its whereabouts, and I love a mystery, especially if it has a happy ending!
I know you are a man of hidden talents and contacts, hence this long shot.
So we’re looking for a statue of Sir George Beharrel that used to be in Fort Dunlop but has vanished – can you help?
I feel sure this will be of interest to industrial historians like Peter ‘Pedro’ Cutler and others. If you can help Shirley locate the missing artwork, or explain it’s fate, that would be lovely, thank you!
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