Memorial: Richard Courtney Balding
This window pediment was taken in 1979 from the former building on this site. It is retained in commemoration of Richard Courtney Balding under whose Chairmanship this building was commissioned.
The pediment is at about ground level, between the window and the pavement railings. And yes, we had to clean the metal plate before we cound read the inscription.
Site: Richard Courtney Balding (1 memorial)
SE1, Southwark Bridge Road, 38
This is a horrible section of pavement - lined with coaches, many with their engines running, uggh, but we are glad we walked it because, in the first arched bay of the marble-clad building, we found this rather sorry memorial.
Of course, what we now want to see is a picture of the building from which the pediment was removed but we cannot find one. We believe the building was numbered 38-42 and was used by, probably built by, United Friendly Insurance Company and the inscription implies that it was demolished in 1979.
Balding's father (and we think Balding himself) was a senior manager in the United Friendly Insurance Company. Our researches suggest that UF's offices were at 38-42 Southwark Bridge Road from at least the 1960s until 1997 when they moved to Cheshire. We'd date the current, grim, post-modern office building to the 1980s which tallies with the date on the inscription. So the pediment must belong to the UF offices that were here before, but can we find a picture? No.
2016: the building is occupied by Sungard Availability Services - it's anyone's guess what they do.