The Prince of Rome Plaque - Tudhoe Colliery

Hello, my name is Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa. I am a local historian who loves sharing stories about my hometown of Derby.

I have created this page to raise funds for another plaque for a pigeon, having already put up a plaque for 'The King of Rome' in Derby.

This time, I have plans to unveil a tribute to the legendary 'The Prince of Rome' Racing Pigeon of Tudhoe Colliery and its owners, Henry Vester, Richard Scurr and his son William.


WOR Pigeon by Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa.

Rats with wings not pretty little things.
Disgusting and diseased nothing but mings.

Feral and free they have no respect.
Eyes on your food or maybe your neck?

Related to doves and racing royalty.
32 Dickin Medals for war time gallantry.

Haddaway man — blue chequer pacer.
Gannin yem, wor Tudhoe racer.

Ah me lads, ye must gan doon see 'em.
Rests wi' KOR in Derby Museum.

The Prince of Rome; canny pet standing tall.
The bonny pride of Durham; loved by all.


If you want to find out more information about the story of this pigeon in particular, please click on the links below.

How the Prince of Rome was found 100 years after its death.

The plaque will be installed inside The Black Horse Inn & Pitman’s Grill Restaurant, 4 Attwood Terrace, Spennymoor.

This tribute is important to me because in my opinion the story of 'The Prince of Rome' of Tudhoe Colliery should forever be celebrated in the same breath as the story of 'The King of Rome' of Derby.

'The King of Rome' may have won the Rome Race, but 'The Prince of Rome' had travelled further, to return home to Tudhoe Colliery having taken a slightly longer time to do so.

In doing so POR smashed the record for the longest distance ever flown by an English racing pigeon, 1,093 miles and 1,186 yards in 51 days.

The Unthanks - King of Rome - Written by Dave Sudbury of Derby.

The story of 'The Prince of Rome' is an inspirational tale of defiance in the face of, what appears to be, impossible odds. A reminder to us all to never give up when going through extreme difficulties in life.

'The time is now right to bring POR back home to Tudhoe Colliery, again'


Nova Mundi Studios in association with DJW Films are producing a feature length documentary called Pigeon Men, Soon to be called HOME and the story of the Prince of Rome and The King of Rome feature in it.

You can visit their website to see more of their work:



The funds collected will be used to pay for the making of the plaque and the installation.


A plaque for the Prince of Rome, the North East's most famous pigeon
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Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa

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