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Admiral Robert Blake (1598–1657)
Admiral Robert Blake (1598–1657)
Admiral Robert Blake (1598–1657)
Admiral Robert Blake (1598–1657)
Admiral Robert Blake (1598–1657)
Admiral Robert Blake (1598–1657)

Photo credit: Tony Cooper / Art UK

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A vigorous over-life-sized figure in seventeenth century costume, repositioned from the front of the Corn Exchange to face down Cornhill. The figure has its right arm outstretched and points toward Christ Church Unitarian Chapel in Dampiet Street. It stands on a square base above a corniced granite plinth with recessed square panels to each side. There are lively finely-detailed bronze low-relief scenes to the rear and sides depicting the Admiral's victories at sea and the return of his body to Plymouth Sound in 1657. The base is of granite steps raised on a twentieth century circular brick dais.

Date

1900

Medium

bronze, limestone & granite

Measurements

H 520 x W 140 x D 140 cm;
Plinth: H 40 x W 240 x D 240 cm

Accession number

TA6_WAC_S135

Acquisition method

funded by Bridgwater Town Council

Work type

Statue

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade II* (England and Wales)

Listing date

24/03/50

Access

at all times

Inscription description

ROBERT BLAKE / BORN IN THIS TOWN / 1598 / DIED AT SEA 1657; on plaque: OFF PORTLAND FEB 16; on plaque: SANTA CRUZ APRIL 20 1657; on plaque: PLYMOUTH SOUND AUG 7 1657


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Located at

Fore Street, Bridgwater

TA6 3AY