Wolverhampton's Locally Listed Buildings

I. J. Baker Monument

Corner of Hurst Road and Hall Lane, Hurst Hill

Listing:   Monument erected to the memory of Dr Isaiah James Baker, by public subscription in 1914.  Local historic interest and landmark. Locally Listed, approved November 2001.

Comment:  This is a monument to one of those Black Country doctors who devoted time and effort to the poor rather than to making money out of the rich.  The inscription on the plinth reads:

Erected by public subscription to the memory of  I. J. Baker, L.R.C.S, L.M., of Hurst Hill.

He endeared himself to all who knew him by the uprightness of his character, his sympathy with the suffering, and especially by his kindness to the poor.  To many in affliction he was a spiritual adviser, and cheered the dying with his prayers, and words of comfort.

By his good deeds, "He being dead yet speaketh".

The plinth also records Chas. R. Davis of Old Hill as the sculptor.

The monument was struck by a vehicle in 2002 and severely damaged.  It appeared, for some while, that it would not be restored.  But heavy pressure by the local people on the local authority produced a satisfactory result.

Isaiah Baker was born in Sedgley in 1850, the son of William Baker, who was also a man much concerned with the welfare of local people and a member of the school board.  Isaiah trained at Edinburgh , moved back to Sedgley, married a local girl, Elizabeth A. Wright, and moved in to 24 Hurst Hill Street.  Later they lived at Holywell House, Hollywell Street.  In his medical practice he adjusted his fees to meet the means of the patient, even to the extent of giving money to the poorest.  He died in 1912 and is buried at All Saints', Sedgley.