Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield
Hallam University PUBLIC ART IN SHEFFIELD
& Frank Tory Jnr
‘The Sheffield Trades’, 1908
White Building, Fitzalan Square
faience tiles (cast hollow blocks)
White Building, Fitzalan Square. (A-Z p5 2F)
Relief frieze depicting Sheffield
trades. Reading from right to left across the facade the figures as described
by J.B.Himsworth (a contemporary of the brothers Tory) are:
"a Silversmith (with a blowpipe): a Chaser: an Engineer: a File Cutter (known
locally as a ‘nicker pecker’): a Steel Roller: a Cutler (with parcers on
the background): a Grinder (using a flat-stick): a Hand-forger (who flourished
before so much machine forging came into use): a Buffer (i.e. of non-ferrous
articles and not a cutlery grinder’s buffer): and a steel crucible teemer
(with sweat rag in his mouth)."
E.M.Gibbs (of Sheffield Architects:
Flockton and Gibbs) who built and owned the building.
The brothers modelled the figures
which were sent away to be modelled in white faience.
manuscript on The City of Sheffield Artcrafts Guild, c. 1954. Sheffield
Hallam University library.