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Cocking History Column

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Location

Street:Cocking Hill
Town:Cocking
Parish:Cocking
Council:Chichester District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:GU19
Location on Google Map
Object setting:Road or Wayside
Access is:Public
Location note:On open ground behind Lamberts Yard and car park.
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:80
Grid reference:F8
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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Makers

Company/Group :Cocking History Group
     Role:Sculptor
Name : Juliet Crawford
     Role:Sculptor
Name : Philip Jackson
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Funded by: Heritage Lottery Fund: £21,532 and Nationwide Building Society: £1,500
Construction period:1999-2005
Installation date:2005
Unveiling date:15/04/2005
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Cocking Parish Council
Object listing:Not listed
Description:A column containing 48 low relief bronze panels that wind their way downwards in a spiral recoding history from the Bronze Age at the top to the Millennium at the bottom. Twisting around the column between the panels is a narrow ribbon of national history giving context to the Cocking events. Beneath the column on the Portland stone base are inset two bronze relief parish maps facing north and east.
Signatures:Each of the bronze plaques has the initials of the member of the local community who made it. The two bronze parish maps have the initials: JTC in the bottom right hand corner.
Inscription:West face of the plinth:

THE PARISH
OF
COCKING
AD 2000

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural, Free Standing, Commemorative, Composite
Object type1:Shaft
     Object subtype1:Column
Subject type1:Figurative
Subject type2:Pictorial
     Subject subtype1:Group

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Object Parts

Part 1:Circular base
     Material:Portland stone
     Height (cm):15
     Width (cm):400
     Depth (cm):400
Part 2:Plinth
     Material:Portland stone
     Height (cm):150
     Width (cm):157
     Depth (cm):157
Part 3:Whole structure
     Material:Bronze and Portland stone
     Height (cm):457
     Width (cm):400
     Depth (cm):400
Part 4:Column
     Material:Bronze
     Height (cm):292
     Width (cm):60
     Depth (cm):60

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk

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History

History:The column weighs three quarters of a ton. It was inspired by Trajan's Column in Rome and was created as part of Cocking's Millennium celebrations and the West Sussex Parish Maps Project. The Cocking History Group were planning the production of a paper map but local resident and sculptor Philip Jackson suggested the more ambitious project. The column contains 48 low relief bronze panels illustrating Cocking's history through images and text. The panels wind their way down the column in a spiral recoding history from the Bronze Age at the top to the Millennium at the bottom. Twisting around the column between the panels is a narrow ribbon of national history giving context to the Cocking events. Beneath the column on the Portland stone base are two parish maps by Juliet Crawford. Jackson taught 28 volunteers the art of working in wax for low relief modelling and letter carving who all worked at home. The panels were cast at Lasham in Hampshire. The column was unveiled by Lady Cowdray, one of the modellers, and blessed by Cocking's vicar, Colin Bradley, on 15 April 2005. There is a lead-wrapped time capsule beneath the column.
('A Sense of Place: West Sussex Parish Maps')

The Column won a prestigious Sussex Heritage Award, the ceremony of which took place at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Thursday 6 July 2006.

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'A Sense of Place: West Sussex Parish Maps'
     Type:Book
     Author:Leslie, Kim.
     Page:60-62
     Publisher:West Sussex County Council. Chichester.


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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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