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County Suffolk   District Council Ipswich Borough Council 
Civil Parish or equivalent Ipswich  Town/Village* Ipswich 
Road Cox Lane 
Precise Location On back of Carr Street Co-op 
OS Grid Ref TM162443  Postcode IP4 
Previous location(s)  
Setting On building  Access Public 
Artist/Maker Role Qualifier
Not known     

Commissioned by

Ipswich Co-operative Society 

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: Decorative Mosaic

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
Mosaic  Mosaic  H. 3 metres W. 9 metres 

Work is

Extant Not Sited Lost


Norwich and Ipswich Co-operative Society 

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

Description (physical)

The large mosaic shows a woman - her yellow hair outlined against the grey background- holding a sheaf of corn in her hands. To the left are two doves and to the right a hand holding a caduceus - the emblem of Mercury who is shown with his winged helmet. There is a further large bird in brown and a long necked sea creature reminiscent of the Loch Ness monster. 

Description (iconographical)

Mercury was the Roman god of commerce and here he is joined by doves - the emblems of peace- and a woman harvesting to celebrate the extension of the Carr street Co-op in 1962 in a spirited rendering inspired by Picasso. 


Date taken:  4/4/2007
Date logged: 

Photographed by:
Sarah Cocke

On Site Inspection

Date:  4/4/2007

Inspected by:
Richard Cocke

Sources and References 04/04/07 


Date entered:  7/5/2007

Data inputter:
Richard Cocke