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
CROSSBRONZE   Good
BaseStone1050mm  Good
FIGURESBRONZE2400mm  Good
PLAQUESBRONZE   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

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial:71
Served & Returned0
Died71
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
WarSecond World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
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
DedicatedREV E E HOLMES
UnveiledMR M NORMAN
Date:20 October 1948
RolePerformed By
RededicatedBishop 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 GouldenSculptor
Charles WheelerDesigner

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 MEMORIALSBOORMAN, DEREK1988pp.30-31 
A DOMESTIC HISTORY OF THE BANK OF ENGLANDHENNESSY, ELIZA1992pp.365-368 
The Times  12 Nov. 1921 p.6 col.e 
LONDON'S OPEN AIR STATUARYGLEICHEN1928p.120