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Artist David recalls lost charms of old Halesowen

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 02, 2014

By Dan Shaw

  • David's painting of St Kenelm's Church, Romsley

  • David Brown turns the clock back with this view of Halesowen High Street

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DAVID Brown of Halesowen is another Bugle reader who is a keen amateur artist and he recently brought two examples of his work to our offices in Cradley Heath.

One painting depicts Halesowen High Street before it was redeveloped in the 1950s and '60s, while the second is of St Kenelm's Church, Romsley.

Halesowen, like many towns across the country, is one that had its character altered by "forward looking" developers and many historic buildings and shops were torn down in the name of progress.

Not far from the town, and still in a delightful rural setting, is St Kenelm's Church. The nave and the chancel are both 12th century while the west tower is 15th century.

St Kenelm's feast day is 17th July, but there is no truth to the legend of the murdered boy-king. In reality, Cynehelm, King of Mercia, lived to maturity and likely died fighting the Welsh around 812.

Painting is just one of David's hobbies; he also enjoys gardening, walking and wood carving. With painting he finds he has to be "in the mood" and he is currently working on a painting of Halesowen Abbey but has set it aside. "I keep looking at it on the easel," said David, "but I can't quite decide what needs doing next."

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