United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
  The Imperial War Museum

Bank of England- St Christopher Statue

Our Ref: 11775

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Address

Bank of England
Threadneedle St
City
GREATER LONDON
England
EC2R 8AH
 
Type: Allegory (eg: Victory)
Other Location Details:

MEMORIAL STANDS IN GARDEN COURT WITHIN BANK. NOT ACCESSIBLE TO PUBLIC.

OS Map Ref: TQ 326 811

Inscription

TO THE COMRADES WHO, AT DUTY'S CALL, CROSSED THE DARK WATERS TO THE FURTHER SHORE 1914-1919./ (Names)

TO THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO CROSSED THE SAME WATERS 1939-1945.

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
CROSS BRONZE       Good
Base Stone 1050mm     Good
FIGURES BRONZE 2400mm     Good
PLAQUES BRONZE       Unknown

Physical Description

Three-stepped STONE BASE SURMOUNTED BY BRONZE STATUE OF ST CHRISTOPHER (patron saint of the Bank) CARRYING THE INFANT CHRIST. BASE BEARS THREE BRONZE plaques OF NAMES AND A BRONZE CROSS set into its front.
Bronze wreath on ground in front of base

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

War First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 71
Served & Returned 0
Died 71
Is this an exact count? Not known
How are the names ordered? Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? No
War Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served & Returned 0
Died 0
Is this an exact count? Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered? Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read? No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

THE BANK OF ENGLAND

Maintenance History:

1948: Bronze wreath placed at front, and WW2 bronze plaque added.

Ceremonies

Date: 11 November 1921
RolePerformed By
Dedication REV E E HOLMES
Unveiling MR M NORMAN
Date: 20 October 1948
RolePerformed By
Re-Dedicated Bishop Suffragan of Stepney

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: None
Did this include a trust or scholarship? No
Did this include a roll of honour? NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site: Not known
Cost of Memorial: Not known
Comments on Costs:

WW1: Just over £2000 was raised, which paid for the endowment of the hospital bed and for the statue.

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
Captain Richard Reginald Goulden Sculptor
Charles Wheeler Designer

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

'The Old Lady' Mar. 1949 Memorial Supplement (not on file). There was a similar supplement after WW1.

Comments:  
Photographs: 0
Other Documents: Bank of England E6/4 War Memorials
Form / Letter: O
Negatives: No
Drawings / Plans: No
Minutes: No
Publications: 3
Press Cuttings: 1
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS BOORMAN, DEREK 1988 pp.30-31  
A DOMESTIC HISTORY OF THE BANK OF ENGLAND HENNESSY, ELIZA 1992 pp.365-368  
The Times     12 Nov. 1921 p.6 col.e  
LONDON'S OPEN AIR STATUARY GLEICHEN 1928 p.120