A Hucknall writer wants to trace a bronze plaque of his poem installed as the centerpiece of the market place’s £500,000 revamp in 2007.
Carl Chamberlain’s ‘Parish Church’ underlines Byron’s connection with Hucknall and was bolted to the middle of an area dedicated to local bare knuckle world champion ‘Big’ Ben Caunt.
Carl said: “Since the fixture of the steel pole Christmas tree, the plaque seems to have gone missing. Repeated contact with the council has given me no clues - only that the steel pole was fitted by ‘outside contractors’.”
Sculptor Chris Campell, who cast it, said the poem ‘defined the link between Hucknall, the parish church and Newstead Abbey. It will be cast in bronze and placed in a prominent position in clear view of the church itself.’
Ex-miner Carl, of Spring Street, said: “It was a massive honour for the poem to be chosen and cast in bronze, something that most writers dream about. All I ask is if the pole is permanent can the plaque be mounted somewhere else? Hucknall has a link to a famous worldwide figure, being the burial place of Lord Bryon. The parish church is being renovated, visitors and tourists should be presented with items of Hucknall’s heritage and art. Let’s try to make the most of what we have - not just disregard it.”
Ashfield council says it recently became aware of the missing plaque and is investigating, pledging: “If it cannot be located we will explore options for its replacement with the local community.”