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

Burton Memorial

Summary

     Figure of a young female angel with large open wings, standing on tiptoe in a long dress with arms and head raised, a branch with leaves and thorns encircling her feet. Mounted on a hemispherical bronze base with 4 panels in the form of folded cloths strapped to the sides of the plinth, the front one inscribed to Dorothy Frances Victoria (see above). A second inscription on the plinth below is dedicated to the parents. Mounted on a rectangular granite plinth.
     Arthur Brian Burton in 1902 became the proprietor of the Statue Foundry in Thames Ditton which became one of the major foundries in Britain. Leading sculptors of the day brought their models for casting to his workshops in Summer Road, including G.F. Watts's "Physical Energy" installed in Kensington Gardens, and Adrian Jones's 32' Quadriga for the arch at Hyde Park Corner. After WWI, Burton's foundry carried out many war memorials including that in Kingston's Church Street designed by Richard Goulden, and many others sent out to India, Australia and South Africa. Burton himself was admired as a craftsman and a respected local figure.
     Commemorates Dorothy Burton ('Dolly'), younger daughter of Arthur and Florence Burton of Thames Ditton who died aged 14 in April 1908.

Inscriptions

On top plaque below bronze base: IN SWEETEST MEMORY OF/DOROTHY FRANCES VICTORIA/(OUR DARLING DOLLY)/YOUNGER DAUGHTER OF/ ARTHUR B. AND FLORENCE L. BURTON OF THAMES DITTON/WHO AFTER A LONG AND PAINFUL ILLNESS BORNE WITH/PATIENCE AND CHEERFULNESS, PASSED PEACEFULLY AWAY ON/ 28TH APRIL 1908 IN HER 15TH YEAR/ GOD IS LOVE On lower plaque: IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF/FLORENCE LOUISA BURTON/ WHO WAS CALLED TO HIGHER SERVICE/ON 26TH JANUARY 1932 IN HER 74TH YEAR/ THE AFFECTIONATE AND DEVOTED WIFE FOR 45 YEARS OF/ ARTHUR B. BURTON/ AND A GRACIOUS AND SELF SACRIFICING MOTHER/ THANK GOR FOR HER LIFE./ ALSO/ ARTHUR BRIAN BURTON/ WHO WAS CALLED TO HIGHER SERVICE/ ON 25TH JULY 1933 IN HIS 73RD YEAR/ A KIND AND LOVING FATHER/ "HE NEVER FAILED TO DO HIS BEST/ HIS LOVE WAS TRUE AND TENDER/ HE TOILED FOR THOSE HE LOVED/ THEN LEFT US TO REMEMBER".

Related works : Adrian Jones, Quadriga, Hyde Park Corner G.F. Watts, Physical Energy, Kensington Gardens R.R. Goulden, Great War Memorial, Church Street, Kingston

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Goulden, Richard Reginald Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Female figure and base Bronze (oxidised) 190 cms (h) x 70 cms (w) x 75 cms (d)
Plinth Granite 122 cms (h) x 76 cms (w) x 76 cms (d)
Plaque (upper) Bronze (oxidised) 28 cms (h) x 46 cms (w)
Plaque (lower) Bronze (oxidised) 51 cms (h) x 71 cms (w)

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
KT26 SWL
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Other
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Bonner Hill Road
Precise location Bonner Hill Cemetery
A-Z ref p.15, 7H
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1908
Year of unveiling 1908
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Burton family
Duty of care Burton family
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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