Esoteric London

No. 594: Cornhill, EC3

Posted in Architectural by esotericlondon on June 7, 2012

Cornhill House, Cornhill, London, EC3. Photo © Roger Dean

Ins and Outs of London – W. O’Daniel, 1859:

Americans, from the great number of newspaper articles that appear daily, imagine that London next to Paris, is a great centre of fashion, and whatever Londoners wear must of necessity be perfect. The reverse however is the case.

[ The carved wood relief in the photograph above is one of eight on the doors to Cornhill House, in the City of London. They were designed by the sculptor Walter Gilbert in 1939. Gilbert modelled each of the reliefs in clay and from this the two mahogany doors were carved by B.P Arnold at H. H. Martyn & Co. Ltd of Cheltenham ‘architectural decorators and furnishers’. Each relief depicts a tableaux from the long and rich history of the thoroughfare and its environs. The one above has the inscription ‘Birchin Lane, Cornhill, place of considerable trade for men’s apparel, 1604.’ R.D.]