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Symbol of Norwich - London Street

County Norfolk   District Council Norwich City Council 
Civil Parish or equivalent Norwich City Council  Town/Village* Norwich 
Road London Street 
Precise Location 68 London Street, joining Redwell Street 
OS Grid Ref TG232087  Postcode NR2 
Previous location(s) The original building was Abbey National (now a bookmakers) 
Setting Pedestrian shopping precinct. The mural is set into the architectural design of the shop front  Access Public 
Artist/Maker Role Qualifier
Tadeusz Zielinski  Sculptor(s)   

Commissioned by

Abbey National Building Society 68 London Street, Norwich 

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:

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
20 x Panels (varying sizes)  Synthetic bronze   

Work is

Extant Not Sited Lost



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
Detail: Armature and securing bolts can be seen in places between the panels, but this may not be due to wear and tear


Graffiti Structural damage Surface Damage

Overall condition

Good Fair Poor


No Known Risk At Risk Immediate

Description (physical)

Composite relief in 20 panels cast in synthetic bronze shaped in a curve around the corner of the building 

Description (iconographical)

Depicts a family sheltering under the tiled roof of a house, symbolizing the home ownership building societies facilitate for their members. Norwich's city walls frame the composition; the familiar landmark of Norwich Cathedral is prominent, along with the suggestion of city streets. The abstract style is particularly schematic in the representation of the figures' heads, which might be interpreted as representing fear or a haunted look, after Herbert Read's style term 'geometry of fear' (introduced 1952). This is probably a misinterpretation, however, and the work as a whole is likely to be more in the optimistic spirit of the Festival of Britain (1951) that the artist would have encountered on first arriving in Britain. 


Date taken:  26/4/2006
Date logged:  5/5/2006

Photographed by:
D Hulks

On Site Inspection

Date:  26/4/2006

Inspected by:
D Hulks

Sources and References

Krzysztof Fijalkowski & Rachel Fijalkowski (1999) Open Secrets: Unexpected Art in Norwich (pamphlet produced as part of Norfolk Visual Arts Festival) Herbert Read (1952) 'New Aspects of British Art', in British Pavilion, Venice (exh. cat.) Tadeusz Zieliński (1985) Information supplied by the artist to the PMSA Artist Biographies for the Public Sculptures in Britain series, Liverpool University Press 


Date entered:  4/5/2006

Data inputter:
D Hulks