National Recording Project


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

Bacchanalian Figures


Type Sculpture

     Two half life-size female figures situated on towers to each side of the entrance to the amusement arcade. Both are clad in animal pelts and dance wildly: one carries a cymbal, the other a tambourine. Cast in sinuous lines, they have expressive, rubicund expressions. The sculptures are securely bolted to the tower roof tops but have some flexibility to cope with the sea winds.
     Spanish City fairground was founded in 1908 and a dancing hall was added in 1910. The hall took only 82 days to build, being an early use of ferro-concrete,(1) and apparently has the second largest unsupported concrete dome in the country.(2) There have been a number of alterations over the years, including the removal of a roof garden, collonade and domed canopies to the two towers, which the Terpsichorean Figures originally surmounted.(3) The two dancers allude to delights experienced by attending dances in the hall, and are rather bacchanalian in contrast to the conservative social nature of the Edwardian era.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Not known, None Sculptor
Cackett, Burns Dick (Architects), None Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Each figure Lead 120cm high

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Bird guano
  • Previous treatments
Structural condition
Road Promenade
Precise location Spanish City amusement arcade, roof towers
A-Z ref 22 1C
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1910
Unveiling details Installed 1910
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Privately Owned
Listing status II
At risk? At Risk

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