National Recording Project


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

Allegorical Figures


Type Sculpture , Statue

     The pediment of this Neo-Classical building has two figures representing Justice and Liberty seated either side of a clock. They are depicted in classical dress, Justice holds a set of scales and a sword, Liberty holds a sword and ??.
     The Shire Hall was built to replace an Elizabethian building. Together with the Judge's lodging, it was built in 1798-99 at a cost of £5,000. The administrative functions being carried out by the commissioners and the justices could no longer be accommodated in the Elizabethan Shire Hall and this gave rise to its replacement with the development of the new Shire Hall. When the new Shire Hall was constructed, a single figure of Justice was placed centrally in the pediment. In 1850 a clock was installed in the pediment, paid for by public subscription and lit gratuitously by the gas company. The single figure was then replaced by the two sculptures by John Felix Rossi RA, representing Justice and Liberty. The building was used for meetings, dances and as courts, it now houses an art gallery, café and shops.
     The principal use of the Shire Hall was to house the local function of the judiciary. The images used in the sculpture are ones used traditionally to symbolise Justice and Liberty.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Harvey, John Architect
Rossi, John Charles Felix Carver

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Figures Stone 100cm high x 120cm wide x 30cm deep approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STstSTxx001 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Previous treatments
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Market Place
Precise location On façade of the Shire Hall
A-Z ref None
OS ref SJ922233
Date of design 1850
Year of unveiling 1850
Unveiling details 1850
Commissioned by Stafford Borough Council
Duty of care Stafford Borough Council
Listing status II*
At risk? Not at risk

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