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

Guildhall Reliefs

Summary

Type Other

     Series of stone relief decorations on the central bay of the main fa├žade. RBK crest at the top with three fishes emblem in mosaic with stylised representation of the river, and 2 columns/ sheaths either side decorated with leaves and bindings. A further crest/trophy on a projecting shelf above the main doorway with an axe, sword and sceptre and a stylised garland and crown at the centre. 2 sculpted brackets supporting the central ledge, each decorated with a pair of horses heads and legs either side of the prow of a boat carrying flowers and fruits, and stylised water below. A relief panel over the main arched window depicting a half length nude female figure with 3 fishes leaping infront of her, surmounted by a crown.
     The Guildhall was designed by Maurice Webb (same architect as Bentalls store opened in the same year) and opened on 3rd July 1935 by Princess Alice, Countess of Athlone. Webb commissioned Walter and Donald Gilbert to carved the sculptural features.
     Coat of Arms that of the Royal Borough of Kingston. Identity of the female figure and significance of the horses not known.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Gilbert, Walter Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Coat of Arms Portland stone and Mosaic (blue) 300 cms (h) x 450 cms [approx.]
2 brackets with horses Portland stone 180 cms (h) x 60 cmd (w) x 60 cms (d) [approx.]
Female figure Portland stone 75 cms (h) x 30 cms (w) [approx.]
Trophy Portland stone 120 cms (h) x 70 cms (w) [approx.]

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
KT25 SWL
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Vandalism
Road High Street
Precise location Above and around main entrance of Guildhall Building
A-Z ref p.14, E6
OS ref None

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Date of design 1930-5
Year of unveiling 1935
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Maurice Webb
Duty of care RBK
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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