Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University

Designed by J.F. Bently; sculpted by Mr. Phyffers
'Saint Cecilia', 1865
Westbourne Road
[Listed Building: Grade II]

On exterior of Cecilia House - 65 Westbourne Road, Sheffield, S10. (A-Z p.98 4A)

A circular plaque, which appears to be carved in stone, showing the female figure with a halo, Saint Cecilia, seated and playing an organ. On the other side of the organ stands an Angel who holds her music. The carving contains a considerable amount of detail.

Above the plaque, inscribed in a stone block: WTS / 1865

William Stacy, a pianoforte dealer, who had the house built by architects Hadfield and Sons of Sheffield. Unfortunately the cost of the building assisted in Stacy's subsequent bankruptcy. The sculptor, "Mr Phyffers", is described as being "of Pimlico" and " the well known sculptor" [1]

The house has now been divided into flats. The plaque is visible from the road; it is carved with a degree of flair.

References: [1] The Building News (1868)
quoted on the BANG website (Broomhall Action and Neighbourhood Group [last visited 5/09/2005]

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