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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1204176



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County: Warwickshire

District: Stratford-on-Avon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Stratford-upon-Avon

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II*

Date first listed: 25-Oct-1951

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 366152

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SP2054NW BRIDGE FOOT 604-1/10/7 (South side) 25/10/51 Gower Monument


Monument. 1876-88. By Lord Ronald Gower, with architects Peignet and Marnez, and 3 French bronze founders. Ashlar with bronze fittings and figures. Round pedestal on square plinth; 4 small plinths to corners of square paving with steps to south. Plinth has projections to angles with bronze Greek masks with pendant foliage and flowers; bronze plaque to east and inscriptions to south and west record history of monument, inscription to north: RONALD GOWER/ TO/ STRATFORD-UPON-AVON. Plinth has panels with inscribed quotations from Shakespeare between pilasters capped by bronze wreaths; figure of Shakespeare deep in thought, seated in casual pose and holding pen and scroll. Corner plinths with figures, originally placed closer to the monument, of Shakespearean characters, clockwise from north west: Prince Hal, Falstaff, Lady Macbeth and Hamlet. The monument originally stood in gardens to south of the Memorial Theatre, and was moved to its present position in 1933; the unveiling ceremony in 1888 was attended by Oscar Wilde. (Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Warwickshire: London: 1966-: 416-7; Bearman R: Stratford-upon-Avon: A History of its Streets and Buildings: Nelson: 1988-: 13-4; Kimberley M: Lord Ronald Gower's Monument to Shakespeare: Stratford-upon-Avon: 1989-).

Listing NGR: SP2044254920

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Bearman, R, Stratford Upon Avon A History of its streets and buildings, (1988), 13-4
Kimberley, M , Ronald Gowers Monument to Shakespeare, (1989)
Pevsner, N, Wedgwood, A, The Buildings of England: Warwickshire, (1966), 416-7

National Grid Reference: SP 20442 54920


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