Sutton Coldfield Side Plate
This plate is unmarked on the reverse but was presumably commissioned by either the Sutton Coldfield town council or some other body, or individual, who fancied pushing the profile of this West Midlands town.
Apparently Sutton Coldfield is formally The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield – a right given by Henry VIII in 1528. The scene on the plate seems to depict the town in the 19th Century; the Holy Trinity church is shown on the right of the scene with Mill Street in front of it. It bears little relation to the scene if you try and look at it on Google StreetView!
The transfer image is slightly offset from centre – an error in the hand application of the transfer. Otherwise the plate is in good condition with no chips or cracks. I quite like the idea that this could hang on a wall as if it was a great souvenir of a grand scene . . . when it is, in fact, Sutton Coldfield.
Probably made in the 1970s.