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Wall of the Ancestors - middling

Wall of the Ancestors
Wall of the Ancestors - middling

According to the plaque these are, clockwise from top left: Dave O'Hara, Tommy Martin, Sir Francis Drake, Metrina.

Wall of the Ancestors gives the last name as "Metrine".

Site: Wall of the Ancestors (3 memorials)

SE8, George Beard Road, Aragon Tower, north-east (riverside) wall of

This tower was erected in the 1960s/70s as part of the Pepys Estate.

From the platform one could get some good pictures of these 16 heads, but the platform is inaccessible; you can go up the steps at the left but no further, hence our rather unsatisfactory photographs.

A small plaque at the left reads:
"Wall of the Ancestors" Pete Pope, Tony O'Leary, Dave O'Hara, Tommy Marin; Shirley Stewart, Grinling Gibbons, Metrina, Sir Francis Drake. www.Martin-Bond.Supanet.com

A small plaque at the right reads:
"Wall of the Ancestors" Debra Lee, Phineas Pett, Tsar Peter the Great, Dr Burnhart Gloss; Queen Elizabeth 1st, Olaudah Equiano, Michael Hamilton, Catherine of Aragon. Thanks to Berkeley Homes, Deptford Discovery Team, Sustrans.

We believe each plaque is attempting to identify the 8 characters nearest to it, left to right, top row first, then bottom row, but that there has been some confusion. Taking the plaques at face value (ha, ha): Phineas Pett, a 17th century shipwright is wearing a crown; the Tsar is looking rather humdrum and 20th century; Metrine (a girl's name currently popular in the black community) seems to be wearing a  medieval headdress, as does Debra Lee.

The faces were probably correctly identified when first erected but the building and this artwork have been "renewed" and in the process we think the heads suffered a random shuffle.

The block was erected in 1964 as social housing. The Wall of the Ancestors was added in 1997. In 2002-6 the Tower was renovated, reclad, extended upwards and sold as private flats. As part of this work the heads were reconfigured and new plaques provided. We've also read that the heads were recast at this time. See the original arrangement here. The heads are made of cream cast stone and each is about a metre high.

More information at Walking the Wall of Ancestors and Wall of the Ancestors, Deptford Strand.

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

Sir Francis Drake

Sea captain, explorer and pirate. Born in Crowndale, near Tavistock, Devon. H...

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David Ivan O'Hara

In his last years dedicated himself to the projects of the community of the P...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
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Created by i

Michael Bond (sculptor)

We can't identify this sculptor.  

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
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Wall of the Ancestors - leftmost

Wall of the Ancestors - leftmost

According to the plaque these are, clockwise from top left: Pete Pope, Tony O...

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Wall of the Ancestors - rightmost

Wall of the Ancestors - rightmost

According to the plaque these are, clockwise from top left: Debra Lee, Phinea...

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