National Recording Project


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

Library Emblem


Type Panel

     This frieze shows two flying putti, delightfully rounded with blank eyes and a shock of hair, holding an open book bearing the inscription. Their bold, simplified carving complements that of the primitive styled columns supporting the portico and continued above it as decorative features.
     Bloye completed the frieze for the library, designed by J.P. Osborne, by the end of 1938. (1)


(Inscribed) 'NUTRI MENTUM SPIRITUS' ( roughly translates as, 'nourish the spirits of the mind')

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Bloye, William James Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Relief Stone 60 x 200cm

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMbiBIxx057 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Yardley Road
Precise location South Yardley Public Library, entrance
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1938
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by Birmingham City Council
Duty of care Birmingham City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? Not at risk

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