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William Morris - Bexleyheath bust Bexleyheath Clock Tower

Credit for this entry to:
Alan Patient of www.plaquesof

Bust: William Morris - Bexleyheath bust

Erection date: 18/1/1997


{At the base of the bust:}
William Morris 1834 - 1896.

Morris lived very nearby in The Red House for 5 years. This bust was unveiled to mark the centenary of his death.

Site: Bexleyheath Clock Tower (5 memorials)

DA6, Bexleyheath Market Place

The four niches contain, reading clockwise, starting at the north: empty; Morris; Queen Elizabeth; King George V.

London's Screen Archives have a 3 minute film of the opening event, silent of course, but you can join in the rousing "three cheers". The centenary celebrations included a booklet: 'Changing Times: The Broadway, Bexleyheath, 1812-1912', which is very informative and shows some designs for the tower. It contained an electricity substation in the base, for the trams. On opening, of the tower's 4 niches only one was filled, with George V. Epps' speech finished with "I hope to see all the niches filled with busts of members of  the Royal Family.” The Morris bust rather ruined that plan but the Centenary celebrations included the launch of an appeal for the Elizabeth II bust.

Can any Bexleyheathians help us with a question? If what we've read about the George V bust is true, it means that the tower was totally devoid of busts from 1935 - 1997. Can any one confirm this?

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William Morris - Bexleyheath bust

Information Subjects commemorated

William Morris

Designer, author and visionary socialist.  Born Elm House, Walthamstow, Essex...

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William Morris - Bexleyheath bust

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John Ravera

Sculptor. Born Surrey, educated Camberwell, lived Bexleyheath. Other work in ...

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William Morris - Bexleyheath bust

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Bexleyheath Clock Tower Centenary

To mark the centenary of the Bexleyheath coronation memorial clock tower 1912...

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Coronation of King George V

This is the foundation stone of the tower.

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King George V - Bexleyheath bust

The original temporary plaster bust was unveiled at the tower's opening cerem...

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Queen Elizabeth II - Bexleyheath bust

Sculpted by Frances Segelman and erected to commemorate the 60th anniversary ...

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