Sculpture

Caryatid - right

Erection date: 4/6/2011

Site: Caryatids (2 memorials)

SE16, Southwark Park

A nearby information board informs:

The Caryatides of Rotherhithe Old Town Hall
Designed and constructed {* see our note below} by Henry Poole RA and opened on April 28th 1897, the Town Hall was sited on the corner of Neptune Street and Lower Road, with the rear of the building on Moodkee Street. These caryatides originally flanked the main entrance of the old Rotherhithe Town Hall, which in 1905 was converted into a library. The building was severely damaged by the German air raids of the second world war and subsequently demolished. the caryatides remained on their original site until 1974 when they were relocated within the Heygate Estate just off the New Kent Road. In 2009 the caryatides were removed when demolition of the estate commenced, and located back here in Rotherhithe in 2011.

About the Caryatides
Caryatides are a Greek architectural support in the form of a female figure which replaces the column or pillar. The significant differences between the two caryatides is one is detailed with oak and the other laurel. Oak is often seen as an emblem of virtue, strength, resiliency, longevity and rebirth. Laurel is a token of peace and quiet but also a symbol of triumph and fame.

* Note: Poole was not an architect, he designed and created these caryatides, not the building, which was the work of Murray and Foster. 

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Caryatid - right

Subjects commemorated i

Rotherhithe Old Town Hall

 Built in 1895 by the architects Murray and Foster.  The caryatides can be se...

Read More

This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Caryatid - right

Created by i

Henry Poole

Architectural sculptor. Born Westminster. Son of architectural sculptor Samue...

Read More

This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Caryatid - right

Also at this site i

Nearby Memorials

Agatha Christie book

Agatha Christie book

WC2, Cranbourn Street

Unveiled on the 60th anniversary of The Mousetrap, this bronze, 2.5 m high 'book' was commissioned by The Mousetrap's producer Sir Stephe...

11 subjects commemorated, 3 creators
Rotary Armillary

Rotary Armillary

SM1, Trinity Square

An armillary (or astrolabe) is a model comprising rings showing the positions of astronomical objects. See Simon Wolff for others in London.

8 subjects commemorated, 8 creators
sculptural group 1 - Jellicoe

sculptural group 1 - Jellicoe

SW1, Trafalgar Square

Of the 4 this is the west-most sculpture.

1 subject commemorated, 1 creator
International Brigade

International Brigade

SE1, Jubilee Gardens

The quote “they went….other way” is a paraphrase of two lines from C. Day Lewis’s 1938 poem, The Volunteer. “Yet, Freedom… against the wi...

1 subject commemorated, 6 creators
Fortuna figure

Fortuna figure

WC2, Russell Street

Known as Terpsichord/e, Fortune or Fortuna. Searching for information on this lovely lady we included 'Nude Girl' in our Google search t...

1 subject commemorated