Monday, June 05, 2006

Auctions: Gaze to sell St Agnes heads


Photo: St Agnes Place in better times. Some keystones can be seen picked out in white paint. [Photo: sapling.org.uk from the Save website


Norfolk, UK - CARL Willows, auctioneer in charge at T W Gaze & Sons forthcoming architectural salvage and garden statuary sale on Saturday , is to sell around 30 carved stone keystone heads from St Agnes Place, Kennington, London's oldest running squat which lasted from 1969 or 1974, had several abortive attempts at total demolition in the late 1970's, and was finally the scene of mass evictions and complete demolition late last year. Bob Marley stayed there on several occasions in the 1970's and it housed London's only Rastafarian temple. Each keystone is around 30ins high and is carved, possibly Bath, stone.
[BBC News and St Agnes Place News]

Also on offer is an English chimneypiece made from Derbyshire alabaster, claw feet, fluted jambs etc £2k-£4k, a delicate Sheraton-style inlaid mahogany Edwardian mantelpiece with overmantle, some good doors, a turret clock from a very large stable block on north Norfolk complete with dial and hands and huge weights made by Bennett of Norwich, some good stained glass, quite a few named urns, lots of seating, York stone flags and reclaimed bricks.

Rumours are that a large screen TV is being planned for the England v Paraguay match, although this could be less fun than the 1920's 'As you like it' Table Garden with its wooden trees hedges and walling that will be at the sale as well.
[BBC News and St Agnes Place News]

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