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The frieze on the wall of the Cutlers' Hall


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The Cutlers' Hall on Warwick Lane in the City of London. This is the fifth building to be the home of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers.
Cutlers are known to have been practising their craft in London from at least the 2nd or 3rd century AD. The word 'cutler' signifies a maker or seller of knives and weapons with a cutting edge.
The current building stands on the site of what was once the home of the Royal College of Physicians from 1674 to 1825.
On the outside of the wall facing Warwick Lane will be seen a finely carved terracotta frieze by the Sheffield sculptor Benjamin Creswick (1853-1946). The frieze shows cutlers working at their craft. Creswick was a pupil of John Ruskin and had worked as a grinder in Sheffield.

31st Aug 2007

Art and Design, Geography, History

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Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

london, cutlers hall, city, frieze

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