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Lunar Society Moonstones

Lunar Society Moonstones

The Moonstones are a set of eight carved memorials to various members of the Lunar Society. Made in 1998, they can be viewed in the grounds of the Asda supermarket in Great Barr, Birmingham, England. They are visible from the road, when driving up Queslett Road from the Old Horns roundabout toward the Scott Arms.

Working from Aldridge Road round to Queslett Road, they depict eight members of the Society:

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  • Josiah Wedgwood: Portrait & three women from a Jasper ware design
Erasmus Darwin Stone
  • Erasmus Darwin Portrait & design for Horizontal Windmill
Samuel Galton Stone
  • Samuel Galton: Colour Wheel
Willaim Murdoch Stone
  • William Murdock: Steam road locomotive
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  • Matthew Boulton: Medal with his portrait
James Watt stone
  • James Watt: Portrait & steam engine
Joseph Priestley stone
  • Joseph Priestley: Laboratory equipment
James Keir  stone
  • James Keir: Crystals
William Withering stone
  • William Withering: Foxglove (with words from his book An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses)

The stones also each have a phase of the moon carved on them, with Watt's being the full moon.

Lunar stones

The designs are by Steve Field and were executed by two stone masons, Malcolm Sier and Michael Scheurmann.

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Based on an entry in Wikipedia, the leading user-contributed encyclopedia.


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