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Jellicoe bust Three busts

Bust: Jellicoe bust

Erection date: 21/10/1948


Jellicoe, 1859 - 1935

Site: Three busts (3 memorials)

WC2, Trafalgar Square

Left to right these busts are: Cunningham, Jellicoe and Beatty, that well known legal firm. (Unusually there is an error in the Margaret Baker book, Discovering London Statues and Monuments - she has the Beatty and Cunningham sculptures the wrong way round.) We thank Jamie Davis for finding this link to the British Pathe news film of the unveiling of the Beatty and Jellicoe memorials which were unveiled simultaneously on Trafalgar Day, 21 October 1948.

The Beatty and Jellicoe memorials each consists of a bust and a fountain containing two bronze sculptural groups jetting water. The sculptural work on the eastern side was by McMillan, and on the western side by Wheeler. Originally each bust was directly north of its associated fountain, but in 2003 the square was reconfigured and all 3 busts were moved to their present locations, to the east of the new steps.

Statues - Hither and Thither is an excellent source of information. Cafe on the Square has a useful timeline of the development of Trafalgar Square.

Just to the right of Beatty there are some strange brass plaques on the wall. They are not a memorial so we cannot give them their own entry here but we have to comment on them. They are "Imperial Standards of Length", "placed on this site by the Standards Department of the Board of Trade" in 1876. One foot, two feet and Imperial yard, links, chains, perches and poles. If you think you are being cheated bring your suppliers down here to settle the dispute.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Jellicoe bust

Information Subjects commemorated

Lord Jellicoe

Born Southampton. Commander of the fleet and victor at the Battle of Jutland ...

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

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Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester

Soldier and member of the Royal Family.  Born at Sandringham, third son of Ge...

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Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler

Sculptor. Born Staffordshire. Early rheumatic fever made him unfit for active...

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Jellicoe bust

Information Also at this site

Beatty bust

Beatty, 1871 - 1936

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Cunningham bust

Unveiled by Prince Philip in 1967. Inside the bust there is a ½ pint Guinness...

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