Architectural Sculpture, Smithfield Market, Extension, Smithfield St. / Snow Hill
East façade, south end above door: relief panel with cartouche and term figures. Fasces above other doors.
South corner of Snowhill / Smithfield St.: relief panel with cartouche and two Pegasus terms.
Snow Hill façade, east end in gateway pediment: City arms/ dragons in oval panel with motto DOMINE DIRIGE NOS. Below this, dolphin keystone. Along this façade lacework semi-circular cast-iron window grilles incorporating oval City Arms.
This pattern repeated on north-west façade, but gateway has central urn at the top and substantial sculpted putto figures riding dolphins either side of pediment.
According to Buildings of England the boys on dolphins symbolise the building's function. It was originally a fish market.
At corner, inset plaque with City arms and dragons in relief: THIS MARKET/ WAS OPENED/ ON/ NOVEMBER 7TH 1888/BY/ THE RIGHT HONOURABLE/ SIR POLYDORE DE KEYSER.KNT/ LORD MAYOR/ JAMES PERKINS ESQRE/ CHAIRMAN OF THE MARKETS COMMITTEE/ JOHN EDWARD SLY ESQRE/ CHAIRMAN OF THE CENTRAL MARKETS/SUB COMMITTEE.
On foundation stone at S.corner of the West Smithfield façade: THIS STONE/ WAS LAID THE 13TH DAY OF DECEMBER 1886/ IN THE MAYORALTY OF/ THE RIGHT HONBLE/ SIR REGINALD HANSON KT.M.A. F.S.A./ HENRY HUGH LILLINGTON ESQ/ CHAIRMAN OF THE MARKETS COMMITTEE/ OF THE CORPORATION OF THE/ CITY OF LONDON/ SIR HORACE JONES KT F.R.I.B.A./ ARCHITECT./ MARK GENTRY/ BUILDER.
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