National Recording Project


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

Architectural Sculpture, former Battersea Town Hall (now Battersea Arts Centre)


Type Sculpture , Relief

     The sculpture, all in relief, comprises: 1. Allegorical groups in each of the segmental pediments of the three main bays overlooking Lavender Hill; 2. Allegorical figures in the spandrels of the two central openings. According to the official programme published for the inauguration "The two end pediments contain figures representing Labour and Progress (East) and Art and Literature (West) instructing a youthful figure typical of the municipality of Battersea. In the central pediment is the Battersea coat of arms and crest supported by figures representing Justice and Prudence, while on the spandrels beneath the subjects of Government and Entertainment are represented". As Beattie has observed, 'The female figures represent the virtues and concerns of local government'.



Contributor details

Contributor Role
Mountford, E.W. Architect
Montford, Paul Raphael Sculptor
Montford, Horace Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Pediments Bath stone None
Spandrels over windows Bath stone None
Spandrels over door Bath stone None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Road Lavender Hill
Precise location On Lavender Hill frontage
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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

Date of design 1892-93
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Battersea Council
Duty of care Wandsworth Council
Listing status II*
At risk? No known risk

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