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The Watchers Behind Downshire House (Roehampton University) Alton Estate

A Grade II Listed Building in Roehampton, Wandsworth

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Latitude: 51.4529 / 51°27'10"N

Longitude: -0.2453 / 0°14'43"W

OS Eastings: 522018

OS Northings: 174117

OS Grid: TQ220741

Mapcode National: GBR 9Q.8T8

Mapcode Global: VHGR3.PRN2

Plus Code: 9C3XFQ33+5V

Entry Name: The Watchers Behind Downshire House (Roehampton University) Alton Estate

Listing Date: 15 April 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1031600

English Heritage Legacy ID: 469114

Location: Roehampton and Putney Heath, Wandsworth, London, SW15

County: Wandsworth

Electoral Ward/Division: Roehampton

Built-Up Area: Wandsworth

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Roehampton Holy Trinity

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 11/10/2017

TQ 2274

The Watchers behind Downshire House (Roehampton University), Alton Estate

(Formerly listed as The Watchers behind Downshire House (Garnett College), Alton Estate)

Sculpture. 1960 by Lynn Chadwick, sited at Roehampton in 1963 by the London County Council. Bronze, cast from a frame of iron and spolit (gypsum and iron filings); over seven feet high on low plinth. Three abstract figures, of menacing and predatory character, that sum up Chadwick's fear of 'big brother', an Orwellian theme in tune with popular politics of the time. A fine example of his work, brilliantly sited where the figures can survey the whole Alton West estate, one of the LCC's greatest architectural achievements, across Downshire Field. It forms a stark contrast to the agrarian 'Bull' by Robert Clatworthy at the bottom of the slope.

Listing NGR: TQ2201874117

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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