Statues - Hither & Thither

Great Britain
Bury St. Edmunds
Suffolk

East of England

Cornhill 15
(WH Smiths, originally Boots)

Four Kings and a Roman General

Michael Vyne Treleaven
1910

Bury St. Edmunds /  Four Kings and a Roman General

Description

Facade with four statues in niches and a fifth figure on a relief:
  1. [AGRICOLA] (name lost) Gnaeus Julius Agricola (13 - 93), Gallo-Roman general responsible for much of the Roman conquest of Britain (Wikipedia).
  2. St. EDMUND - St Edmund (died 869), king of East Anglia from about 855; by tradition he met his death at an unidentified place known as Haegelisdun, after he refused the Danes' demand that he renounce Christ: the Danes beat him, shot him with arrows and then beheaded him (Wikipedia).
  3. EDWARD.I - King Edward I (Westminster Palace 1239 - Burgh by Sands 1307), King of England, 1272-1307 (Wikipedia).
  4. EDWARD.VI - King Edward VI (Hampton Court Palace 1537 - Greenwich Palace 1553), King of England, 1547-1553 (Wikipedia).

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    and under the central gable.

  5. CANUTE REBUKING HIS FLATTERES (text in wooden beam below the relief). King Cnut, sitting on his throne surrounded by his councillors.
    Cnut the Great, (c. 985 or 995 - 1035), more commonly known as Canute, king of Denmark, England, Norway, and parts of Sweden, together often referred to as the Anglo-Scandinavian or North Sea Empire (Wikipedia).
    Bury St. Edmunds - Four Kings and a Roman General

Annotation

Boots expanded their shops dramatically in the period 1900-1915 and introduced a black and white Tudor style for shops on prominent sites, probably designed by Treleaven, including 'Venetian' oriel windows, mock timber framing and statues of prominent historic figures.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Country: Great Britain
  • Agricola, Gnaeus Julius
  • Cnut the Great, king
  • Edmund (King), St.
  • Edward I (King of England)
  • Edward VI (King of England)
  • Monarch
  • Treleaven, Michael Vyne
  • Location (N 52°14'45" - E 0°42'42")

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