The Thai Dusit restaurant in Market Street, Kingswinford is sited in the former home of George Woodall, arguably one of the greatest cameo glass engravers of the 19th Century.
Unfortunately, the visitors to this fine eatery invariably remain unaware of its provenance since there was hitherto nothing to indicate the great man’s time there.
But that is no longer the case, following the culmination of several months’ work by Ian Dury of Stourbridge Glass Engravers, supported by Yours Truly and the British Glass Foundation.
Thursday 12th December 2013 saw this near-iconic building having its historical status duly recognized, when I was invited to officially unveil a commemorative plaque, made by Ian, marking George Woodall’s residency. Our host, Proprietor Mr Guy Chanukal, did us proud with his Thai buffet that was enjoyed by participants Patrick Harley (Group Leader, Conservative Group DMBC); Natalie Neale (Candidate Councillor, Kingswinford North and Wall Heath); Ian Dury (Stourbridge Glass Engravers and Project Coordinator); John Workman (Black Country Bugle) Chris Smith (Village Voice) and Mike Perkins (Amblecote History Society).
There are numerous other buildings around the Borough that merit similar recognition. This just may prove to be the catalyst for a series of such plaques to commemorate the area’s unique glassmaking history. For now, we are delighted to record the Thai Dusit plaque as the first of its kind and a fitting tribute to one of our greatest glass-forebears.
Graham Fisher MBE
British Glass Foundation
An article by Graham will be appearing in the next issue of History West Midlands magazine, which is all about glass and glassmaking, to see the table of contents click here.