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ArtistMaker: STENTON, Thomas
TitleOfWork: Ceres (now missing)
DescriptionOfPhoto: no image available
DateOfCreation: 1849
Dimensions: estimated larger than lifesize
Medium: Roche Abbey stone [1]
Location: On top of the Corn Exchange on the cornice now overlooking the Fish Market
AtoZReference: p.32 6D
Postcode: DN1 1NG
Street: Market Place
TownOrVillage: Doncaster
AreaInTown: Town Centre
MetropolitanBorough: Doncaster
Photographer: -
ImageCopyright: Doncaster Library & Information Services
AccessionNumber: d024a
Description: Female figure sited above the then entrance to the Market Hall. No detailed image of the statue has been found by us.
W. Sheardown records that the Market Hall was "..surmounted with a figure of Ceres, the goddess of plenty, from the chisel of Mr Thomas Stenton, foreman to the contractors of the building." [1] References to Ceres invoking the prosperity of local commerce were not infrequent in local newspapers of the time.

Illustration: This image is reproduced by kind permission of Doncaster Library and Information Services.

Commission: The building was commissioned by Doncaster Town Council, and was part of a series of building in the Market Place during the second half of the 19th century. The architect for the Market Hall was J. Butterfield; Thomas Stenton was foreman stonemason to Anelay Brothers, local builders responsible for many of Doncaster's civic buildings. The foundation stone was laid on Whit Monday 1847. [1]
A covered Corn Market had been erected in 1844, but after complaints from traders this was supplanted in 1873 by the Corn Exchange. By then, in 1871, a wing had been added to the Market hall to the south and finally 1930-31 the lower extension to the Market Hall was built, which held fish and general stalls. The whole complex of buildings, together with exterior free-standing stalls, today represents over 500 separate market traders.

Comment: This sculpture is clearly visible in old photographs of the building dated 1897 and 1904 [2] We do not know when it was removed from the building, or why this happened. The same photographs also show two stone dolphins on the parapet of Dolphin Chambers on the edge of the Market opposite to the Fish Market. [see D78]

References [1] Colin Walton, Changing face of Doncaster, p.37
[2] Sheardown, W. (1872) The Marts and Markets, at Doncaster: Their Rise and Progress and Sources of Supply. p.22. The Doncaster Gazette. Facsimile reprint 1979. Doncaster Library Service.
[3] 'Luke Bagshawe's photographs of Old Doncaster' by Tuffrey and Day. p. 11. (Bond Publications, Rossington DN11 0XB. ISBN 0 9508691 4 7)

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