National Recording Project


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

Architectural sculpture, Passmore Edwards Library, Borough Rd.


Type Relief

     The entrance bay consists of a shaped gable containing a relief of St George killing the dragon, signifying that the library was built for the parish of St George the Martyr, Southwark. The saint is represented as an armour-clad knight on a rearing horse, plunging his spear into the dragon's mouth. This relief is flanked by armorial shields, that on the left bearing the Cross of St George and that on the right the Badge of the Vestry of St George the Martyr, Southwark [**or, according to Humphrey, 'the badge of the Bridge House Estates of the City of London, [reflecting] the fact that much of the land in this vicinity has long been owned by that trust.']. Below the St George relief is a tall round-arched biforate window, between the window sill of which and the round-arched main entrance below is an ornamental sign, which comprises the library's name on an escutcheon hung within the branches of the Tree of Knowledge. **sketch in MacDonald book shows what looks like four figures holding the name sign**
     The cost of building the library was met by Passmore Edwards.


In raised letters: - Beneath the St George relief: PARISH OF ST GEORGE / THE MARTYR . SOUTHWARK - On the ornamental sign, within an escutcheon hung upon the branches of a tree: PASSMORE EDWARDS / PUBLIC LIBRARY [and below the escutcheon, either side of the tree trunk:] 18 [and] 98

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Blomfield, Arthur William Architect
Phipps, C.J. Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
St. George Killing the Dragon Terracotta Relief None
Ornamental Sign Terracotta Relief None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
CLSK/31-32 CL
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Road Botough Rd.
Precise location Passmore Edwards Library (originally; later the Borough Road Library), No. 12 Borough Road (now the South Bank University Day Nursery), Entrance
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design 1897-98
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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