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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Allegorical Female Figure and Related Decorative Carving


     The sculpture scheme comprises Corinthian capitals flanking the fourth storey windows at the centre of the west façade, and incorporates rams heads and two half-length, draped human figures with attributes representing Science (?) and Art (palette and brushes). Above these are five heraldic shields representing (L to R): England, U.S.A., Scotland, London (?) and Ireland. Directly above these is a shield carved with the Glasgow Coat of Arms, and at attic level is a standing, draped female figure holding a hank of yarn, probably representing the textile industry
     Carpet manufacturer John Templeton commissioned William Leiper to design an architecturally distinguished façade for the Glasgow Green (west) façade of his new carpet factory. The design is based on the Doge's Palace, Venice, and was built with a variety of polychrome materials such as glazed terracotta, polychrome glazed bricks, mosaic, Ruabon brick, and red sandstone. As such it is regarded as one of the finest polychrome brick buildings in the world. In 1889, due to the engineer's refusal to tie the structure to the steel frame of the factory, the façade collapsed after being caught by a gust of wind, killing several girls working in the adjacent weaving sheds. Although the building bears the date 1890, the reconstruction was completed in 1892

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Leiper, William Architect
Anon, None Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Red Locharbriggs sandstone None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
CA/012 GW
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Bird guano
  • Previous treatments
  • Accretions
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Templeton Street
Precise location 62 Templeton Street, at centre of west façade, attic level, former Templeton's Carpet Factory
A-Z ref 36 L18
OS ref None

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Date of design 1888-92
Year of unveiling c.1892
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by John Stewart Templeton
Duty of care None
Listing status I
At risk? Not at risk

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