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

Allegorical Figures of Industry and Agriculture

Summary

Type Statue , Sculpture

     This pediment sculpture contains the figures of Industry, represented as a male figure with a sledge hammer, and Agriculture, represented as a female figure holding a bundle of wheat. Both figures are bare chested and wear classical drapery. Behind the figure of Industry there is a beehive, a traditional symbol of a bank; in heraldry, bees themselves symbolise a well-governed industry. The figures are seated either side of a cartouche bearing a date, a caduceus and embellishments of holly leaves. The secondary entrance to the bank has a sculpted goat's head upon a keystone.
     The building was formerly the National Provincial Bank of England, and before that, the County of Stafford Bank.
    

Inscriptions

Within the cartouche beween the two figures: ESTBD/1833 (this refers to the date of the bank's founding, not the date of the building)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
unknown, None Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Stone 1m high x 2m wide approx.

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwvWVxx030 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Bird guano
  • Previous treatments
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Queens Square
Precise location Corner of Exchange Street, over the entrance to Natwest Bank
A-Z ref 29 1H
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1905
Unveiling details 1905
Commissioned by National Provincial Bank
Duty of care National Westminster Bank
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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