Relief

Sun Fire Office

Site: Cornhill pump (5 memorials)

EC3, Cornhill

Around the top are some delightful reliefs in iron of the badges of early fire insurance companies: Sun, Phoenix, London and Royal Exchange. These are all crudely coloured with red, gold, blue.  See 'Also at this site'.

This water pump, designed by architect Nathaniel Wright, is Grade II listed, where it is described “Obelisk of cast iron with canted corners, slight decoration and long inscriptions. Granite trough probably of later date.” As you can see from our photos the pump is (2011) in a dreadful state of repair. Let's hope someone notices soon and perhaps the modern day equivalents of its original erectors will fund its restoration.

2015: prompted by Jon Pettigrew on Facebook we must report that the pump was indeed restored not long after we photographed it.  (Keeping London Remembers up-to-date could become a full-time job.)  But the splendid A London Inheritance has photographed it for us, and provided some earlier photos and history.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Sun Fire Office

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Sun Fire Office

Founded in London, now the oldest existing insurance company in the world.

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

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Cornhill pump

Cornhill pump

We understand "the neighbouring fire officers" to mean the four fire assuranc...

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Nearby Memorials

Shells on Shell Centre

Shells on Shell Centre

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We photographed these rather luscious shells thinking they probably came off another building belonging to the company, probably one they...

1 creator
Animals War Memorial Dispensary - bronze frieze

Animals War Memorial Dispensary - bronze frieze

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This bronze frieze shows a winged Victory holding wreaths and flanked by camels, mules, bullocks, horses, elephants, dogs and pigeons, al...

1 subject commemorated, 2 creators
George Ryan at Nelson's Column

George Ryan at Nelson's Column

WC2, Trafalgar Square

This relief is "The Death of Nelson" by J. E. Carew, on the front (south) face of the base of Nelson's Column. It depicts a scene at the ...

1 subject commemorated, 1 creator
William Prangnell

William Prangnell

SW6, Fulham Road, Goat in Boots, 333

The date, 1887, is repeated at least twice more on the building.

2 subjects commemorated
Chiswell Archer

Chiswell Archer

EC1, Chiswell Street, 14-20, Longbow House

In 1315 a large area known as Bunhill Fields was leased to the City of London, probably to be used, amongst other things, for archery pra...

1 subject commemorated