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Statues, sculptures, monuments and memorials
in the Square Mile of the City of London (3)

More open air statuary in the City of London

Admiral Arthur Phillip

Euro Arab Bank

Take a walk down Watling Street and as you approach Saint Pauls Cathedral you will come upon this memorial to the naval admiral who became the first governor of New South Wales, Admiral Arthur Phillip (1738 - 1814). At the time this was a proposed British penal colony. There is a great deal of information to be had from the engraved plaques  around the sides of the structures base.

A lady asked me to find out who, or what, this statue represents. It is very high up on a conical roof and the photo I took, shows a woman in a long dress holding a snake in her right hand and a skull in the left. I can find no mention of it in the usual places I go for research, and it is beginning to annoy me. I have even made enquiries at the bank and a kind young lady tried to get the information (but failed). If you can identify the figure please let me know.

Break the walls of Mistrust


On the corner of Lawrence Poultney Hill and Cannon Street this work can be seen recessed into the corner of the building there. The plaque gives the following information about the work: “Break the walls of distrust. Commissioned by Speyhawk PLC October 1989. Unveiled by The Right Hon. Richard Luce MP Minister for the arts on 17th. May 1990. A work by Zurab Tsereteu people’s artist of the USSR”.

A bronze Shepherd and Sheep by Dame Elisabeth Frink can be found at the North end of Paternoster Square. The reason it is here, I believe, is that the square was a livestock market in ancient times. The statue was commissioned for the previous Paternoster Square complex in 1975 and was replaced on a new plinth following the redevelopment.

Sir Roland Hill

Paternoster Column

Around the corner from Saint Paul’s Cathedral, in King Edward Street, you will find this imposing figure. Sir Rowland Hill, normally credited as being the founder of the modern postal service and it’s penny black stamp. Designed in 1881 by artist Edward Onslo Ford, it was unveiled outside the National Postal Museum in 1923. He was originally from Kidderminster.

Upon entering the square and see this column for the first time, It looks very like a small version of The Monument to the Great Fire. It is in fact, a fountain below a stone column topped by a gold leaf covered flaming copper urn, illuminated by fibre-optics at night. It is a memorial to the 20,000 books destroyed during the blitz. Designed by the architects Whitfield Partners.

Angels Wings

Taming Pegasus

This giant piece of sculpture by Thomas Heatherwick can be seen in Bishops Court, an area leading off Paternoster Square. It is quite a large functional piece. It is actually a cooling vent for the electrical transformers, and replaces a plain concrete vent. It has been likened to an angel's wings.

Bellerophon Taming Pegasus, to give it’s full name, by Jaques Lipchitz (1891 - 1973). It can be seen somewhat hidden in a small courtyard off the Broadgate Complex near the ‘Rush Hour’ statue. Sculpted in 1964, the unusual bronze figure was unveiled in 1987.

The Barge Master

Blitz -  National Firemen's Memorial

This figure by Vivien Mallock represents the Barge Master at the ceremony known as “Swan Upping” held annually on the river Thames. The Queens swans are counted by members of the Vintners, and the Dyers livery companies. It stands near the church of St. James Garlickhythe and was commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Vintners.

This memorial entitled ‘Blitz’ was unveiled on May 4th. 1991 by The Queen Mother in Sermon Lane. Churchill referred to them as ‘Heroes with grimy faces’. Sculpted by John W. Mill. Originally it commemorated  those who died fighting fires in the City during WWII. A section was added to the base and it was made the national monument. The typeface used is the same as that used on ration books.

The Gardener

Henry VIII

This interesting bronze sculpture depicting a crouching gardener is another by Karin Jonzen and has been sited in various places in the City over the years. Its location at the time of writing is currently in the Brewers Hall Garden near London Wall.

This is the only statue of Henry VIII in the City of London. It stands above the archway at the Smithfield entrance to Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital (Barts).

The New Temple Bar

Commissioned by the City Corporation, this monument designed by Horace Jones replaced the original Temple bar that separated the City of London from the City of Westminster. It was unveiled in 1880. Although designed by Jones, the actual sculptors were Joseph Edgar Boehm, Charles Mabey, Charles Kelsey and Charles Birch. There are many features to the monument, too numerous to mention here.

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