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Blind Beggar and His Dog Cranbrook Estate

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bethnal Green, London

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Latitude: 51.5298 / 51°31'47"N

Longitude: -0.0449 / 0°2'41"W

OS Eastings: 535714

OS Northings: 183025

OS Grid: TQ357830

Mapcode National: GBR J8.CCM

Mapcode Global: VHGQV.5TM3

Entry Name: Blind Beggar and His Dog Cranbrook Estate

Listing Date: 15 April 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1031598

English Heritage Legacy ID: 469110

Location: Tower Hamlets, London, E2

County: London

District: Tower Hamlets

Electoral Ward/Division: Bethnal Green

Built-Up Area: Tower Hamlets

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St James the Less Bethnal Green

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text

(North side)
Blind Beggar and his Dog,
Cranbrook Estate

- II*

Heraldic sculpture. 1958 by Elisabeth Frink, sited 1959 temporarily in Roman Road and on its present and intended site by May 1963. Commissioned by Bethnal Green Metropolitan Borough, with the financial assistance of the London County Council. Bronze, c. eight feet, on high and stepped concrete plinth. Two elongated and very rigid figures, the man with outstretched arm being hesitantly led by the very geometrically expressed dog. The group is one of Frink's earliest commissions, and achieves considerable emotional pathos. The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green is a noted local mythological figure, dating back to at least the seventeenth century and much represented locally in stained glass and reliefs, eg. in the borough's major civic buildings and in local public houses which bear the name. Bethnal Green MB were justly proud of their enterprising housing policy, of which this formal garden surrounded by bungalows for the elderly is a centrepiece. Though the subject was thus dictated to Frink, it fits well in her oeuvre. She was profoundly affected by her experience as a civilian during the War, and her work explores the themes of aggression and vulnerability - 'the geometry of fear' - fashionable amongst the more radical sculptors of the 1950s.

Listing NGR: TQ3571483025

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