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Temple Bar - Prince of Wales's typhoid recovery Temple Bar Memorial

Relief: Temple Bar - Prince of Wales's typhoid recovery

Erection date: 1881

Inscription

{On the north face, below the statue there is a bronze relief showing Victoria with the Prince and Princess of Wales in a carriage, with police holding back the crowds, going to a service at St Paul's to offer thanks for the Prince of Wales' recovery from typhoid.
Under the relief:}
Her most gracious majesty Queen Victoria and His Royal Highness Albert Edward Prince of Wales, going to St Paul's February 27th 1872.
{Signed:}
C.S. Kelsey & Son, Sculptors, 1880

Site: Temple Bar Memorial (7 memorials)

EC4, Fleet Street

This is the site of the 17th century Temple Bar entrance to the City of London. Having become an obstruction to circulation it was removed in 1879 and this monument unveiled in 1881, as a memorial to the old Temple Bar and as a marker for the entrance to the City at the point where it was traditional for the Lord Mayor to welcome royal visitors to the City.

This is a typically overwrought late Victorian edifice, topped with a giant griffin (or dragon; there are competing definitions of the differences) by Charles Birch. The north and south sides hold large statues of Queen Victoria and, the soon to be, Edward VII. To east and west are medallion portraits of the Lord Mayor at the time, Sir Francis Wyatt Truscott, and the late Prince Albert Victor, the King we never had. At the bottom of the west face gilt lettering carved into the granite base announces "City of London". Each side holds a bronze relief plaque, one of which states that the monument is aligned exactly with the west side the old Temple Bar and specifies the north-south displacement - a good example of Victorian flamboyance married to technical confidence. We have treated many of these features as separate memorials and give more details of each one on its own page.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Temple Bar - Prince of Wales's typhoid recovery

Information Subjects commemorated

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Prince of Wales's typhoid recovery

In 1871 the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) suffered an attack of typhoid ...

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Queen Alexandra

Wife of Edward VII, mother of George V. Born at the Amalienborg Palace, Copen...

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King Edward VII

Reigned: 1901 - 1910. Born and died at Buckingham Palace.  Victoria's eldest ...

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Queen Victoria

Reigned: 1837-1901, 64 years. Born Kensington Palace. Daughter of Edward, Duk...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Temple Bar - Prince of Wales's typhoid recovery

Information Created by

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Charles Samuel Kelsey

His father, James Kelsey, was also a sculptor.

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Temple Bar - Prince of Wales's typhoid recovery

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Temple Bar

{On the frieze at the top of the monument, above the columns, text runs aroun...

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45357

Temple Bar - Edward VII

The niche on the north face holds a marble statue of the Prince of Wales, lat...

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Temple Bar - Prince Albert Victor

The west face is framed with pilasters each side, decorated with emblems of "...

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Temple Bar - Truscott

The east face is framed with pilasters each side, decorated with emblems of "...

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Temple Bar - Victoria

The south side is the most weathered and sullied by traffic fumes which expla...

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