Friday, 28 August 2015

War memorial in Newlyn

Visiting the war memorial in Newlyn with Bridging Arts volunteer Mike Matthews. It was dedicated around 1920. The stonework was created by local stonemason Mr Snell of Newlyn: the Bronze sculpture is the work of L. S. Merrifield. It's right outside the Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen at the entrance to North Pier. The bronze now has a green patina - reminiscent of the panels that decorate the Newlyn Gallery a few hundred yards away. These were created for the Gallery opening in 1894.

Bronze panel on War Memorial in Newlyn

The bronze panels on the Gallery were created by members of John Drew Mackenzie's Newlyn Industrial Class - set up in the early 1890s 'to provide a useful occupation for young fishermen in times of unemployment'.  

The gallery itself is an immensely solid building financed by Passmore Edwards, very reflective of the wealth and certainty of the late Victorian years.
On the way back to the car we see more architecture perfectly of its period - Tudorbethan - a new word to me but Mike says it was typical of the 1920s and 30s, bringing together mock Tudor, Jacobean and Elizabethan elements.

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