Relief

Temple Bar memorial - Prince of Wales's typhoid recovery

Erection date: 1881

Inscription

{On the north face, below the statue there is a bronze relief showing Victoria with the Prince and Princess of Wales in a carriage, with police holding back the crowds, going to a service at St Paul's to offer thanks for the Prince of Wales' recovery from typhoid.
Under the relief:}
Her most gracious majesty Queen Victoria and His Royal Highness Albert Edward Prince of Wales, going to St Paul's February 27th 1872.
{Signed:}
C.S. Kelsey & Son, Sculptors, 1880

Site: Temple Bar memorial (9 memorials)

EC4, Fleet Street

This is the site of the 17th century Temple Bar entrance to the City of London. Having become an obstruction to circulation it was removed in 1879 and this monument unveiled in 1881, as a memorial to the old Temple Bar and as a marker for the entrance to the City at the point where it was traditional for the Lord Mayor to welcome royal visitors to the City.

This is a typically overwrought late Victorian edifice, topped with a giant griffin (or dragon; there are competing definitions of the differences) by Charles Birch. The north and south sides hold large statues of Queen Victoria and, the soon to be, Edward VII. To east and west are medallion portraits of the Lord Mayor at the time, Sir Francis Wyatt Truscott, and Prince Albert Victor, the King we never had. At the bottom of the west face gilt lettering carved into the granite base announces "City of London".

Each side holds a bronze relief plaque, one of which states that the monument is aligned exactly with the west side the old Temple Bar and specifies the north-south displacement - a good example of Victorian flamboyance married to technical confidence. A carved pillar is placed at each corner, decorated with symbols for arts, science, peace and war.  Arts includes two busts: to the north Homer and to the south Chaucer.

We have treated many of these features as separate memorials and give more details of each one on its own page. Ornamental Passions has a very good post on this edifice.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Temple Bar memorial - Prince of Wales's typhoid recovery

Subjects commemorated i

Prince of Wales's typhoid recovery

In 1871 the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) suffered an attack of typhoid ...

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Queen Alexandra

Wife of Edward VII, mother of George V. Born at the Amalienborg Palace, Copen...

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King Edward VII

Reigned: 1901 - 1910. Born and died at Buckingham Palace. Victoria's eldest s...

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Queen Victoria

Reigned: 1837-1901, 64 years. Born Kensington Palace. Daughter of Edward, Duk...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Temple Bar memorial - Prince of Wales's typhoid recovery

Created by i

Charles Samuel Kelsey

His father, James Kelsey, was also a sculptor.

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Temple Bar memorial - Prince of Wales's typhoid recovery

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Temple Bar memorial

Temple Bar memorial

{On the frieze at the top of the monument, above the columns, text runs aroun...

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Temple Bar memorial - Edward VII

Temple Bar memorial - Edward VII

The niche on the north face holds a marble statue of the Prince of Wales, lat...

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Temple Bar memorial - Homer

Temple Bar memorial - Homer

Homer {in ancient Greek lettering}

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Temple Bar memorial - Prince Albert Victor

Temple Bar memorial - Prince Albert Victor

The west face is framed with pilasters each side, decorated with emblems of "...

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