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Ipswich
Suffolk

East of England

Corn Hill
(former Post Office)

Industry, Electricity, Steam and Commerce

W.F. Woodington
1881

Ipswich /  Industry, Electricity, Steam and Commerce   Ipswich /  Industry, Electricity, Steam and Commerce

Description

The former Post Office has on the ground storey a Roman Doric portico with a low parapet with female seated figures, identified by the inscriptions underneath:
  1. Industry, sitting on a beehive.
  2. Electricity
  3. Steam, with a small boiler.
  4. Commerce, with caduceus.

Ipswich / Industry, Electricity, Steam and Commerce
Industry
Ipswich / Industry, Electricity, Steam and Commerce
Electricity
Ipswich / Industry, Electricity, Steam and Commerce
Steam
Ipswich / Industry, Electricity, Steam and Commerce
Commerce

These figures underline the Post Office's use of modern technology to help industry and commerce across the major continents.

On the gable top is the royal coat of arms flanked by two seated female figures representing Genius on the left (with tablet) and Science on right (with an urn), also identified by the inscriptions underneath.

Ipswich / Industry, Electricity, Steam and Commerce

Annotation

The architect is John Johnson.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Caduceus
  • Coat of arms
  • Electricity
  • Genius
  • Industry
  • Science (allegorical figure)
  • Steam (allegory)
  • Trade (allegorical figure)
  • Woodington, W.F.
  • Locatie (N 52°3'27" - E 1°9'10")

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