Statue

Bishop Porteus

Erection date: 2007

Site: Four bishops up a tree in Fulham (5 memorials)

SW6, Bishop's Avenue, Fulham Palace Gardens

Londonist brought this engaging multiple memorial to our attention. Information about visiting Fulham Palace.

Bishop Porteus looks out confidently from the top of the tree while, a little lower down, Bishop Creighton peers out between two branches. At the back, chubby Bishop Bonner stands guard at eye level, and, behind the lady in jeans to the right, Bishop Compton lies relaxing on a horizontal trunk.

In addition to these four bishops there are other random items carved in wood: a cat atop a pile of books (one spine reading "LMAAXIINIM") and some bishops' thrones. Bishop Bonner is holding a glass and, look carefully, you can see a bottle poking out from Bishop Porteus's robes. Medicines we are sure.

The nearby information board reads:
"The Bishops' Tree highlights the Bishops who made the most significant contributions to the Gardens at Fulham Palace. It is formed from a Cedar of Lebanon felled in 2006 due to decay. The sculptures were carved by Andrew Frost in 2007 and donated to the Palace by Dolores Moorhouse in memory of her husband, Peter.

At the top of the tree is Bishop Porteus (1731 - 1809). He followed the fashion for the picturesque in the grounds where he made a rustic grotto and planted a grove of trees with a 'narrow retired walk behind, called the Nun's Walk'. Victorian bishops took an interest in the surviving rare trees and added to the collection, including Bishop Creighton (1843 -1901), who is shown climbing up the tree. He was an important historian and is commemorated in the east window of the Chapel.

The nearby oak bench shows Bishop Compton (1632 - 1713) a keen plant collector. He imported plants from all over the known world including the Magnolia virginiaan from America which was grown for the first time in Europe at Fulham. The grounds became famous and visitors such as John Evelyn came to see the exotic plants and trees. A map of 1745 shows a sequence of old-fashioned formal gardens at Fulham long after Compton's death. None of his original trees survive, but species he grew are represented such as the magnificent black walnut (Juglans nigra) on the east lawn and the cork oak (Quercus suber) near the Chapel."

2018: Londonist visits again.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Bishop Porteus

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Bishop Beilby Porteus

Born York. Bishop of London 1787 - 1809. The first senior church official to ...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Bishop Porteus

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Andrew Frost

Born Derbyshire. His website has many photos of his work at Fulham Palace.

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Dolores Moorhouse

Widow of Peter. We think she was born Dolores Douglas and, with Peter, had ch...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Bishop Porteus

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Bishop Compton

Bishop Compton

The book he holds has "MPM FEBM" on the back cover and "DAM MPM" on the front...

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Peter Moorhouse

Peter Moorhouse

{Attached to the back of the tree, a wooden panel in the shape of a shield:} ...

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