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Poplar Town Hall - foundation Bryant & May fountain and Poplar Town Hall

Plaque: Poplar Town Hall - foundation

Erection date: 8/5/1937

Inscription

{On a stone plaque inlaid into the wall to the right of the Members Entrance:}
Metropolitan Borough of Poplar Town Hall and Municipal offices.
This stone was laid by Alderman C. W. Key, JP, on the 8th day of May 1937.

 Listed Grade II  The text includes: "The councillors' entrance has a cantilevered concrete canopy balcony originally designed for councillors to give speeches from. It is decorated by ceramic mosaics, also by David Evans {1895-1959}, the underside illustrating the industries of Poplar and the River Thames; the balcony front bears the arms of the Borough and child figures symbolising Art, Science, Music and Literature." 

The foundation stone is very dull, whereas the mosaics are a delight, but very difficult to photograph. Nonetheless we have chosen our photo of the underside of the balcony to illustrate this page.

Site: Bryant & May fountain and Poplar Town Hall (2 memorials)

E3, Bow Road

Ornamental Passions have posted about the docorative elements on this building - the mosaics and the workmen reliefs on the frieze round the curved corner.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Poplar Town Hall - foundation

Information Subjects commemorated

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Poplar Town Hall - 1930s

Built by Culpin & Son in 1937-8. Described by Ewart Culpin as 'the first town...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Poplar Town Hall - foundation

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Charles William Key

Born Buckinghamshire into a poor family. Became teacher then headmaster. Alde...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Poplar Town Hall - foundation

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Bryant & May Testimonial fountain - plaque

This plaque is a rarity: a memorial to a memorial! The site of the fountain ...

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