The historic brass Toposcope Disk was stolen about February 23rd 2000, it had been levered from it's plinth
It was recovered in December 2001 by the police in Walsall after a police raid following a tip off. It has since been returned to the Conservators.
The plate is approximately 25 Inches ( 63 Cm's ) in Diameter, made of Brass and is engraved with a circular map showing every point of interest visable from the beacon. It was mounted on a large granite plinth on the highest spot on the Worcestershire Beacon.
The theft was reported to Tourist Information Office at Malvern on Wednesday, 23 February 2000. The Malvern Hills Conservators were informed Thursday, 24 February 2000
This much loved unique feature of the Hills has for over a hundred years guided the eyes of generations of visitors to the prominent features visible from the Worcestershire Beacon.
At the time of the theft the Malvern Hills Conservators expressed their shock and disbelief that anyone would undertake such an act of wanton vandalism.
The plate is approximately 25 Inches ( 63 Cm's ) in Diameter, made of Brass and is engraved with a circular map showing every point of interest visable from the beacon. It was mounted on this large plinth on the highest spot on the beacon.
The then Chairman of the Board of Conservators, Brian Wilcock, said at the time:"It is impossible to rationalise the nature of such a theft and one can only speculate. Is it the work of a trophy hunter with a secret gallery? Was it just a stupid jape that challenged someone's warped sense of adventure? Will it eventually weigh upon the vandals' conscience and be returned? Can we appeal to their better nature? Who knows? One can only think, "Is nothing sacred any more?"
The brass plate engraved from drawings by Arthur Troyte Griffith, a close friend of Edward Elgar, and the inspiration for Variation No. 7 of the Enigma Variations. Whilst it would be possible to get a copy made we would much prefer to recover the original with all its historic connections.
As a registered charity this loss would mean we have less money to spend on the essential conservation work on our lovely Hills.
The Malvern Hills Conservators are a registered charity constituted by the Malvern Hills Acts 1884/1995. They manage 3,000 acres of the Malvern Hills and Commons on behalf of the public.