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CI - 8 - Books Cornhill Insurance doors

Relief: CI - 8 - Books

Erection date: 1939


Thackeray, Charlotte and Anne Brontë at the publishing house of Smith, Elder & Co. Cowper the poet, Gray the poet, Guy the bookseller and founder of Guy’s Hospital, lived in Cornhill.

This carving depicts the two Brontë sisters meeting Thackeray, but rather fails to successfully render his specs. Charlotte did indeed meet Thackeray, her literary hero, also published by Smith, in November 1849 but it was at a dinner party given by George Smith.

Site: Cornhill Insurance doors (8 memorials)

EC3, Cornhill, 32

The carved doors are at the right of the building, behind the cyclist in our picture.  According to Esoteric London these panels, listed here in reading sequence (left right, top down), "were designed by the sculptor Walter Gilbert in 1939. Gilbert modelled each of the reliefs in clay and from this the two mahogany doors were carved by B. P. Arnold at H. H. Martyn & Co. Ltd of Cheltenham 'architectural decorators and furnishers'."

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Smith, Elder & Co.

Publishers at 65 Cornhill (the picture) until 1868.  Also at 15 Waterloo Plac...

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Anne Brontë

Novelist and poet.  Born Yorkshire.  Youngest member of the Bonte literary fa...

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Charlotte Brontë

Novelist and poet.  Born Yorkshire, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters.  ...

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William Cowper

Poet and hymn writer.  Born Berkhamsted.  Spent his early years at Westminste...

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Thomas Gray

Poet.  Born Cornhill.  Wrote ‘Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard’ and the ...

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B. P. Arnold

Bernard Philip Arnold M.M., was born on 30 May 1893 in Birmingham, Warwickshi...

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Walter Gilbert

Sculptor.  Born Rugby.  Cousin to Sir Alfred Gilbert.  His son, Donald, also ...

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CI - 1 - Christianity

St Peter’s Cornhill founded by King Lucius 179 AD to be an Archbishop’s see a...

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CI - 2 - Eleanor

We can't find proof that her route was as specified: from Queen Hithe (at the...

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CI - 3 - Bread

This entry will increase your word power: "Soke" - the territory under the ju...

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CI - 4 - Market

Cornhill the only market allowed to be held after noon in the 14th century.

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CI - 5 - Drapers

Birche Lane, Cornhill, place of considerable trade for men’s apparel, 1604.

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