I thought I’d begin with some angels.
Bronze statue representing Peace, by Joseph Crosland McClure with the architect John Breedon Everard. One of three allegorical figures on the South African War Memorial in Town Hall Square.
When the Boer war ended in 1902 a group of leading citizens formed a committee to collect subscriptions for a memorial to the men of Leicestershire who’d died in the war.
Their first choice of sculptor, Alfred Gilbert, proved disastrous. After five years and with £950 of subscribers money spent, Gilbert only managed to produce a rough model. In 1908, McClure, a Manchester born sculptor then teaching modelling at Leicester School of Art, was recommended to the committee and after a further appeal for funds the memorial was finally realised in 1909. Sadly, just five years later Britain was at war again.
|Left: angel’s head on the facade of the Town Hall (1876). Right: angel’s head on former National Westminster Bank in St Matins (1900-1) by Charles John Allen.|
This angel sits on a little platform bidding her time (Dr Who fans will know what I mean). This building in High Street was built in 1903 for the Leicester Branch of the Birmingham and Provincial Bank. In 1921 it was sold to Commercial Union and their name can still be seen on the front. It is now Café Bruxelle.
|The angel is on the balcony above the door.|