National Recording Project


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

Classical Reliefs


Type Medallion , Sculpture

     Roundel: relief of a semi-draped seated female figure on the left, with another standing on the right, with two indeterminate figures behind. Relief frieze round three bay windows at back of house, above the windows, with a roundel in the centre of each with a winged griffin on either side. There is the same decoration on the outer two, the middle one is different. Outer two: male and female figure, she is holding a boar carcass. Middle one: three figures in action but unable to see what they are doing. Four round swirls of flowers and leaves on either side. Painted in off-white, paint is peeling. The reliefs are quite indistinct, possibly because of layers of paint.
     Built for John Julius Angerstein, a founder of Lloyds of London, in 1774. Later acquired by Sir Alfred Yarrow, a shipbuilder, in 1896. Sold it in 1923 and it became a convent until 1967. The London Borough of Greenwich bought it and the next door Kidbrooke House in 1967. It became the Woodlands Art Gallery and the local history library, with Kidbrooke House as a community centre.(1) The house has been altered several times but the north facade, where the reliefs are, is original with the bay windows added about 1820. Angerstein was a merchant whose collection of paintings was bought in 1824 to form the basis of the proposed National Gallery. Has statue on back in a niche and a roundel.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Gibson, George Architect

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Roundel Liardet's Patent Stucco painted off-white 140cm diameter approx
Frieze Liardet's Patent Stucco painted off-white 520cm wide approx (in sections)

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Abrasions, cracks, splits
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • None
Road 90 Mycenae Road
Precise location On back north facing facade of Woodlands Art Gallery/Local History Library
A-Z ref 78 7E
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1774
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care London Borough of Greenwich
Listing status II*
At risk? At Risk

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