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Pediment from Former Corn Exchange

County Norfolk   District Council Norwich City Council 
Civil Parish or equivalent Norwich  Town/Village* Norwich 
Road Formerly 11 Exchange Street 
Precise Location Private Collection 
OS Grid Ref TG230087  Postcode NR2 
Previous location(s)  
Setting Originally on building  Access  
Artist/Maker Role Qualifier
Barnabas Barrett  Stonemason(s)   
T.D Barry  Architect(s)   

Commissioned by

Norwich Corn Exchange 

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: PePediment for corn exchange

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
Pediment  Stone  2.5m high x 4 long 

Work is

Extant Not Sited Lost


Private collection 

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
Detail: When moved for the second time it was set into a specially built brick wall, which is now beginning to lean. Some of the stone work is crumbling and is in need ot attention

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 B. BARRETT Sc 

Description (physical)

This was the pediment over the central doorway of the Corn Exchange on Exchange Street, flanked by two further doors with smaller pediments. Two angels, the supporters of the City’s coat of arms, fill the space above the curved pediment. Their drapery is classically inspired as are their idealised heads, with head bands. In one hand they support a decorated scroll, ending in a heraldic rose, and in the other the ends of sheaves of wheat. The roundel with the sheaf of wheat is set within a cartouche, with a ropes threaded through on either side. The pediment is filled with naturalistically observed flowers, a daffodil, lily, sunflower and more roses all set against stalks of wheat and including a pomegranate. The observation of the flowers anticipates Thomas Jeckyll's Norfolk gates, at Sandringham, from slightly later in the decade. The bold design and quality of the carving, in details like the angels' toes and the fruit, is matched in Barrett’s slightly later Crown Bank pediment NFnrNOR002 

Description (iconographical)

St Andrews Hall had been used as a corn exchange before being replaced by one lower down Exchange Street in 1828. This formed part of the scheme to give the market a northern access, effective after the completion of the road in 1832 when Exchange Street was finally linked with the new Duke Street Bridge of 1822. In 1861 another larger corn exchange was built, on the site of what was to become the northern end of Jarrolds store, by T.D. Barry of Norwich and Goodwin and Butcher of London with an iron roof by Barnard, Bishop and Barnard. The cost of the building was £20,000. It was knocked down in 1964 when it was incorporated into Jarrolds store, and the pediment was removed to a garden in Hethersett. The garden was subsequently divided and sold off, when the pediment was moved to its present site in a private collection 


Date taken:  12/5/2010
Date logged: 

Photographed by:
Sarah Cocke

On Site Inspection

Date:  12/5/2010

Inspected by:
Richard Cocke

Sources and References

Photographs of former Corn Exchange by George Swain, and others, reproduced by permission of Picture Norfolk Muthesius, S. ‘Architecture since 1800’ in Rawcliffe, C. and Wilson, R. eds, Norwich since 1550, Hambledon and London, 2004, p.331;; Barrett, G.N., 'Barnabas Barrett, 1810-1883; Norwich Monumental Mason', Norfolk Archaeology, 43.3, 2000, 503-6 


Date entered:  12/5/2010

Data inputter:
Richard Cocke