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Memorial: D'Oyly Carte armillary sphere

Erection date: 1989


{The sundial is erected over a large decorated lead tub. On the front it reads:}
To honour Richard D'Oyle Carte, proprietor of the Savoy Theatre, founder and Chairman of the Savoy Hotel, 1889 - 1901 and Helen D'Oyle Carte, Rupert D'Oyle Carte Chairman 1901 - 1948, Dame Bridget D'Oyle Carte DBE, Vice Chairman 1948 - 1985, Chairman of the D'Oyle Carte Opera Trust and their distinguished colleagues Sir George Reeves-Smith Vice Chairman and Managing Director 1900 - 1941, Sir Hugh Wontner GBE CVO D Litt, JP Chairman 1948 - 1984 and Managing Director 1941 - 1979.
6 August 1989
Anthony Tuke Chairman Giles Shepard Managing Director

{Around the rim of the cistern it reads:}
This garden was given to London by the Savoy in celebration of its centenary.

{The rings read:}
Savoy Centenary 1989, "For excellence we strive."
"Every season has its cheer, life is lovely all the year." W. S. Gilbert.

Christopher St. J. H. Daniel: delineavit

The memorial is in the form of an equatorial armillary sphere. Although the memorial itself does not mention it, it was erected in honour of the Savoy Hotel's centenary.
There seems to be no consistency in the spelling of the name: D'Oyle, Doyle, D'Oyly or even D'Oyley. We have left the plaque transcription as is, but otherwise we have tried to consistently use D'Oyly.

Site: D'Oyly Carte armillary sphere (1 memorial)

WC2, Victoria Embankment Gardens

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D'Oyly Carte armillary sphere

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Savoy Theatre

The Savoy Theatre opened in 1881. Despite this date it is a delightful exampl...

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D'Oyly Carte family

Richard D'Oyly Carte founded the business. Married Helen. Their son Rupert ...

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Savoy Hotel

Following the success of the Savoy Theatre the hotel was built next door to s...

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Dame Bridget D'Oyly Carte DBE

Theatre manager. Born Suffolk Street, Pall Mall. Grand-daughter of Richard D'...

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D'Oyly Carte armillary sphere

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Christopher St. J. H. Daniel

Sundial designer. Has published a Shire book "Sundials" .

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Giles Shepard

Managing Director of the Savoy Group in 1979 - 1994.

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Anthony Tuke

Chairman of the Savoy Group 1984 - 1994. Born Berkhamsted, died Andover.

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