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Blue Plaque unveiled for William Bloye

Posted January 22nd, 2011 by Birmingham Conservation Trust with 8 Comments

William Bloye born in 1890 was a Birmingham sculpture who trained and later taught at the Birmingham School of Art. His plaque joins more than 75 other blue plaques around the city which are awarded by the Birmingham Civic Society to commemorate a link between a location and famous person. The recipients of Blue Plaques have to have been dead for at least 20 years to be eligible.

William Bloye’s blue plaque is located at the site of the sculptor’s former studio where City College Birmingham’s Golden Hillock Campus now stands to mark 120 years since his birth. Bloye was Birmingham’s unofficial civic sculptor, working on virtually all public commissions including libraries, hospitals and the university. Some examples of his work below:

Frieze on Mechanical and Civil Engineering Building (University of Birmingham)-image courtesy of Gordon T Lawson

Boulton, Watt and Murdoch - image courtesy of ahisgett

8 Responses to “Blue Plaque unveiled for William Bloye”

  1. Arthur Thynne July 22, 2011

    There is a suggestion that not all the works that are attributed to Mr Bloye are his. Including the Boars Head!

    My great uncle Tom Wright worked for him and I do know of at least 2 works that were done by Tom and not Mr Bloye.

    Does anyone out there remember Tom, if so I would be very pleased to hear from them.

    Arthur Thynne


  2. John Crump April 28, 2011

    Are there any photos of Mr Bloye? I would love to see one, John Crump


  3. Lucie Thacker February 21, 2011

    Thank you for this. It is really inspiring to hear about these direct links with Birmingham’s heritage.


  4. John Crump February 20, 2011

    Worked for Mr Bloye 3 yrs late 40s early 50s Fine chap,Very fair to work for, Well earned this award


    • Penny Roberts April 5, 2011

      I was interested to see this report. I am William Bloye’s great niece and have very few memories of him. My mother (aged 90, still in B’ham) has many more including the fact that her mother (his sister) worked for him at Golden Hillock Rd. we would be very pleased to be in touch with anyone with memories of him. if you would like to contact me please use the email address on our business website


      • John Crump April 17, 2011

        I worked for Mr Bloye in the 1950s Would love to hear from you. John Crump Now in Parker. Co 80134 USA


      • John Crump April 19, 2011

        Penny Roberts, I worked for Mr Bloye in the the studio on Golden Hillock Rd Would you please ask his sister if she remembers me? I would like to have a photo of My Bloye,Many thanks, John Crump NOW77yrs in Parker.Co USA


  5. Andy Mabbett January 30, 2011

    There’s a good Wikipedia article on Bloye (disclosure: I’m a contributor to it).


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