Greenwich pub could see 1826 frieze installed

The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich could see a 19th century frieze installed outside after a new application has been submitted to install outside the pub.

An application states: “The proposal is to install a standalone solid white marble plinth, encased at the sides, above and back of the display by solid white marble slab and fixed to the ground to support the monumental white marble frieze ‘The Battle of St Vincent Frieze’ created by the prolific English Sculpturer Edward Hodges Baily c.1826.”

Frieze in former location

It’s proposed to retain the frieze on site for five years and protect using reinforced glass. Recent history of the frieze can be found here. The linked site states it was commissioned as part of an arch in central London. Plans were subsequently reduced in scope and the eventual Marble Arch was constructed without this frieze.

Sculptor Edward Hodges Bailey is responsible for various statues, monuments and artworks including in St Paul’s cathedral, Buckingham Palace and atop Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.

The application states its location outside the pub: “The proposed monumental white marble frieze spans the left hand side area of the front entrance, which is adjacent to the river”.

Details of the application can be viewed here.


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One thought on “Greenwich pub could see 1826 frieze installed

  • I think it’ll be a welcome addition to this wonderful pub.


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