Notes and queries
Statues or memorials to Leander Starr Jameson
A student who is studying for an MA in Modern History at the University of Kent has been in touch with us. He states, "For my dissertation I am looking at the reaction to, and popularity of, the Jameson Raid of 1895/1896 among the British Public. Here is a link to some information on the Raid if you aren't familiar with it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jameson_raid . My dissertation supervisor Dr Peter Donaldson suggested that I email you to try and track down a statue or memorial of Dr Leander Starr Jameson, the man that led the ill-fated raid, or any other leading members of the raid. I know that Dr Jameson was born in Edinburgh and his family had close connections to the city. If you could assist me in any way in finding a memorial related to the raid or the people involved with it along with information surrounding it, i.e. who put it up and any debate that went into it or any other help you can give me will be greatly appreciated."
Please let us know if you have any information with regard to this and we will pass it on.
McMillan and Lutyens at Tyringham Hall
We have been contacted by a gentleman who is doing some research into the work of Lutyens at Tyringham Hall. He is looking for an expert upon McMillan. He says that, "The pair worked together on the fountains when Lutyens did a design for the gardens in the 1920s and, at the same time, McMillan's statues of Apollo and Diana were placed at the entrance of the house. I have a suspicion, based upon its design, that the actual setting for the statues was the work of Lutyens but would like to find some documentary evidence of this."
If anyone can help in any way with this enquiry, please let us know and we will pass the information on.
Stations of the Cross, RC church of Our Lady and St Alphege, Bath
We have had a query from a lady who is trying to discover the sculptor of 14 low-relief stone Stations of the Cross set into the walls of the RC Church of Our Lady and St Alphege, Bath. The church itself was built by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1927-29. The Stations were added sometime after the church was completed, and were in place by the time the church was consecrated, so the time frame cited is between 1929 and 1954. The lady thought that they may have been done by one of Gill's pupils/assistants, possibly in the Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic at Ditchling but they are not thought to be by Cribb or Skelton. She notes that the figures appear to have almost Asiatic features, as if perhaps the sculptor had been looking at Islamic miniatures. There is apparently no mention of the sculptures in the church's archives. There is a detailed entry on the sculptor of the capitals at the church, however, on the church's website (http://www.saintalphege.org.uk/), one William Drinkwater Gough and it may be that the stations are by the same sculptor - Scott used him elsewhere. There are identical Stations in churches in the Church of St Alphege in West Horsley and it seems that the West Horsley ones (which are painted, framed and hung from a hook on the wall) could be plaster copies of the ones in Bath. The local community are keen to get the church listing upgraded to II*, and they are preparing a new guidebook for the church, so it would be wonderful to solve this mystery!
If anyone has any further information on these pieces, please let us know and we will pass it on.
Elizabeth Hutchings, the Farringford Tennyson Society, Isle of Wight
We have been contacted by Elizabeth Hutchings, an historian and founder member of the Farringford Tennyson Society on the Isle of Wight. Elizabeth brings our attention to the granite toposcope, a monument which indicates the direction and distance to visible landmarks, commemorating Tennyson's bi-centenary, that was unveiled on 6 August 2009. Local schoolchildren measured the distances using GPS. They calculated them in kilometres but the Freshwater Bay Residents' Association, whose project it was, decided on miles. You can see film footage of the unveiling of the monument and hear a recording of Tennyson reading from his poem, The Charge of the Light Brigade at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/8186780.stm
The granite came from Keeley Granite in South Africa who would have obtained the original from Zimbabwe. Elizabeth points out the interesting connection that Fred and Nell Keeley had only just sold Tennyson's home, Aldworth near Haslemere. They had restored the building and gardens. There is a wonderful statue of Tennyson in front of the house by the sculptor Antonio Arena.
Elizabeth has published several books including a collection of notes, Busts and Titbits , that includes pieces about the sculptor Thomas Woolner, who was a close friend of Tennyson, and about other key personages of the Freshwater Bay area. The Woolner bust can be seen at Calbourne Mill which is open to the public (see http://www.calbournewatermill.co.uk/ ). Elizabeth has also published a book about the sculptures of George Frederick Watts.
Richard Hutchings, Elizabeth's husband, who sadly died in 1991, was also an historian and writer and published a book about Farringford, Tennyson's home on the Isle of Wight. For information about Farringford, see: http://www.farringford.co.uk/
If you would like to see some more of Elizabeth's images and details of her books, you can download a