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Shells Mice and shells

Memorial: Shells

Erection date: 1862


{The three shells reading left to right:}

Piper & Wheeler – Builders

Hunt & Crombie – Merchants

Young & Son – Architect

{Our photo shows this last one.}

This type of information is not normally recorded on this type of building. At this date community buildings, such as libraries or town halls, might have a foundation stone or plaque with these names but we know of nothing like these shells anywhere else. And, we have to ask, why shells? If Hunt & Crombie had been crustacean merchants we could have understood but they were spice merchants, so why not cloves, or cardamon pods?

Site: Mice and shells (2 memorials)

EC3, Philpot Lane, 13

The mice are at ground floor cornice level at the juncture between number 13 Philpot Lane (Jamies) and 23 Eastcheap (Caffe Nero).   The shells are on number 13, below the ground floor cornice.  Italian gothic in style, the two addresses are parts of the same, listed, building.  Geograph has a fine photo and architectural appreciation and says "It was built in 1861-62 as offices and warehousing for Messrs Hunt & Crombie, spice merchants. The architects were John Young & Sons."  Which confirms the contents of two of the shells, and we have no reason to doubt the third.

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

Information Subjects commemorated

Hunt & Crombie

Spice merchants active in 1862. 

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John Young & Son

Architects active in 1862. Our picture is of John Young, 1797-1877, and the p...

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Piper & Wheeler

Builders active in 1862.

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

Information Also at this site

Carved mice

Cabbies are attempting to propagate a myth that these mice commemorate two bu...

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