Semi-heraldic relief group on the gable above the main door to Cross House, about 6 metres from the ground. A figure stands on either side of a shield bearing the words 'Cross House'. The left, male, figure holds a long hammer and an anchor can be seen at his feet. On the right, a female figure holds a caduceus.
Replacing buildings which had dated back to the eighteenth century, Cross House fills a 'difficult triangular site', forming a wedge between Westgate Road and Fenkle Street.(1) It was built using a reinforced concrete system patented by the local firm of Hennebique and Co. and clad in Portland Stone. The relief group on the gable provides a visual focus for the narrow façade: the male figure symbolises industry and maritime links, whilst the caduceus held by a female figure usually signifies 'Hygieia', the goddess of health.(2)
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