National Recording Project


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

The Return


Type Sculpture

     The coping stones of both sides of the bridge are decorated with fish that cascade into a waterfall and head for the stream below. A few are swimming in the water beneath. This is intended to represent fish returning to the brook under the bridge following its rebuilding as part of a local flood defence scheme around Lyme Brook. To the left of the main design, the roundel containing the inscription is surrounded by a fish and ripples of water.
     The National Rivers Authority launched a competition to find ways of improving the appearance of the bridge upon its completion, and this was won by the artist, Ian Randall. The design was executed by local builders Craig Stevens and Graham Stokes.


on roundel to left of main design: THE/RETURN/BY/IAN RANDALL/1995

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Randell, Ian Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Stone 4.6m long x 1.15m high
Roundel Stone set in 49cm square panel

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
STnlNLxx017 BM
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Accretions
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
  • Graffiti
Road Brook Lane
Precise location on bridge over Lyme Brook
A-Z ref 284 B2
OS ref None

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

Date of design 1995
Year of unveiling 1995
Unveiling details August 1995
Commissioned by National Rivers Authority
Duty of care National Rivers Authority
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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