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Half Fathom Column

County Norfolk   District Council King's Lynn 
Civil Parish or equivalent King's Lynn  Town/Village* King's Lynn 
Road South Quay 
Precise Location Opposite the Green Quay Wash Discovery Centre 
OS Grid Ref TF615200  Postcode PE30 
Previous location(s)  
Setting Quayside  Access Public 
Artist/Maker Role Qualifier
Andrew Schumann  Sculptor(s)   

Commissioned by

North Sea Haven Project 

Design & Constrn period


Date of installing


Exact date of unveiling



Abstract Animal Architectural
Commercial Commemorative Composite
Free Functional Funerary
Heraldic Military Natural
Non-Commemorative Performance Portable
Religious Roadside, Wayside Sculptural
Temporary, Mobile Other  

Object Type

Building Clock Tower Architectural
Coat of Arms Cross Fountain
Landscape Marker Medallion
Mural Panel Readymade
Relief Shaft Sculpture
Statue Street Furniture War Memorial
Other Object Sub Type: Column

Subject Type

Allegorical Mythological Pictorial
Figurative Non-figurative Portrait
Still-life Symbolic Other

Subject Sub Type

Bust Equestrian Full-length
Group Head Reclining
Seated Standing Torso
Part Material Dimension
Column  Bronze and stainless steel  H 6.2 m x 41 cm dia 
Light  LED   
Base  Blue Clipsham limestone  H 63 cm x 92 cm dia 

Work is

Extant Not Sited Lost


King's Lynn Council 

Listing status

Grade I Grade II* Grade II Don't Know Not Listed

Surface Condition

Corrosion, Deterioration Accretions
Bird Guano Abrasions, cracks, splits
Biological growth Spalling, crumbling
Metallic staining Previous treatments

Structural Condition

Armature exposed Broken or missing parts
Replaced parts Loose elements
Cracks, splits, breaks, holes Spalling, crumbling
Water collection Other


Graffiti Structural damage Surface Damage

Overall condition

Good Fair Poor


No Known Risk At Risk Immediate
Signatures/Marks Abstract linear design carved on the south side of the stone base 

Description (physical)

Rippling column of bronze modules and stainless steel spacers on a stone base surmounted by a solar powered LED light which flashes at night 

Description (iconographical)

The height of the column represents the distance between high and low tides with the divisions representing stages of rise and fall. The ripples suggest the surface movements on the River Great Ouse while the flashing light on top recalls blinking warning buoys afloat on the Wash. Rephotraphed 29/09/2013 


Date taken:  23/2/2007
Date logged:  26/2/2007

Photographed by:
Sarah Cocke

On Site Inspection

Date:  23/2/2007

Inspected by:
Julia Rosenbaum and David Hulks

Sources and References accessed 26-Feb-07 / 'Old and New in Heart of the west' by Jonathan Hartley, Eastern Daily Press, 26-Feb-07 / 


Date entered:  26/2/2007

Data inputter:
David Hulks