A number of plaques put up around Lichfield to honour women who have played a key role in the city’s past have gone missing.

One of the plaques at Speakers’ Corner

They were created by Lichfield’s Wayward Women History Group after being inspired by a visit by the Rosie’s Plaques group.

Six were placed at locations across the city, but a spokesperson said some had now gone missing.

“Unfortunately four of the plaques disappeared within days.

“We have temporarily taken down the survivors – Bertha Frankham and Mary Salt – so that they are not lost for ever.

“Substitute memorials to all these women will be put up tomorrow (5th August) and a leaflet giving the full stories will be then be available from Lichfield Library, Faro Lounge, the George Hotel, the Daily Grind and the Nest.

“We were delighted by the positive response to our plaques as we put them up and later on social media – we are devastated by their disappearance.”

Wayward Women’s History Group spokesperson

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the missing plaques is asked to contact the group via their Twitter account.


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  1. Perhaps they might try asking permission, or are they above such minor considerations that all other bodies who provide plaques at various locations are expected to follow?

  2. Whilst I applaud the principle of these plaques, they do look a bit naff. I wouldn’t want one as a trophy, but then there are some strange people around.

  3. I completely agree John. I heard about them and thought that’s a good idea, then I saw them and thought if my kid had made that at primary school it would go straight in the bin.

  4. They look so shoddy they should be fined for littering and for defacing our wonderful historic city. When I saw them I nearly vomited all over my Telegraph and had to kick the dogs I was so angry.

    I mean we need to maintain some standards a la our wonderful MP and the correct tone he always sets. We don’t want women’s litter being allowed to be put anywhere. I knew it was a slippery slope when we allowed them to be heard, not just seen.

  5. Might I also suggest that they might be more secure if properly fixed to a wall instead of the strange positioning on railings.

  6. It’s a nice idea, but poorly executed by people who seem quite naive. What did they think would happen when they went around attaching bits of plaster to railings in public places? (Did they have permission from whatever the relevant authority is to put up plaques?)

    And yes, they look like they were made by primary school children. And if they had been made by primary school children then people would say oh how sweet. But knowing they were made by adults, I mean, really. Look at the state of some of them. It’s not quirky, it’s not cute, it’s just a mess.

  7. I think the plaques are great and there is no need to be rude towards the people who have done them. It celebrates local women that otherwise, I and I’m sure many others, wouldn’t have known about up until now.

    If I am correct in my research of the group that helped the Wayward Women produce them, the point is to put them up without permission initially, to raise awareness of them, hence why they were put on railings that wouldn’t damage property.

    Hopefully now the council will grant permission and the stories of the women will become part of the rich tapestry of history in Lichfield.

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