National Recording Project


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

Abstract Panels


Type Panel

     Four groups of abstract shallow relief panels interspersed amongst plain panels on the walls of a pedestrian shopping precinct. There are three designs which are randomly repeated and resemble spirals and stylised sun and flower motifs. There is a group of 15 panels on either side of the entrance from Mell Square, a third group of 23 panels inside the precinct and a fourth group of nine panels by one of the exits to Poplar Road.
     The original Mell Square shopping development was built between 1962 and 1965 after the demolition of many old buildings in Drury Lane and Mill Lane. It was officially named in 1966 in honour of (William) Maurice Mell, Town Clerk 1947-65. Mell Square was refurbished in the 1980s. The panels were organised by Norwich union as part of the extension of the centre and development of the Poplar War shopping Mall and were installed in 1979 when the Mall was opened.


None visible.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
unknown, None ---

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Each panel Ceramic tile 70cm square approx.

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMsoSOxx009 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road Poplar Way
Precise location Inside shopping precinct, on walls
A-Z ref 109 E4
OS ref SP153796
Date of design Post war
Year of unveiling c.1979
Unveiling details c.1979
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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