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The ceramic relief murals of


The Bridge at Wadebridge

Year Completed : 1980

Size : 60cm x 2.4m (2ft x 8ft)

Client : Bristol & West Building Society

Location : Wadebridge Town Hall

Current Status : Many thanks to a Wadebridge resident who contacted us in July 2015 to say that it was gifted to the Town Council when the Bristol & West branch closed. She kindly sent us a photo to show it in the foyer of the Town Hall.

Wadebridge in north Cornwall has a famous mediaeval packhorse bridge which spans the River Camel. It is over 230 feet long with seventeen arches. I modelled eleven arches of the bridge which ran in its full length right across the front of the office counter. We included a small cartouche with a quote from the 19th century art critic John Ruskin: ‘When we build let us think that we build forever.’ This was a very long mural to photograph in one picture. The photographs show sections of the long mural taken outside our studios.

It was originally located in the Bristol & West branch at 40-42 Molesworth Street in Wadebridge but it closed many years ago.

Lat/Long : 50.515886, -4.836171

Green - mural exists and with good access

Mural still exists and with good access it can be easily seen by the public