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The Helmet

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Cockshutt Road
Town:Lewes
Parish:Lewes
Council:Lewes District Council
County:East Sussex
Postcode:BN7
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Object setting:Public Park
Access is:Public
Location note:In the grounds of Lewes Priory, on the site of the Battle of Lewes
In the AZ book:East Sussex
Page:115
Grid reference:J6
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.
OS Reference:TQ415096

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Makers

Company/Group :The Morris Singer Company Ltd.
     Role:Foundry
Name : Enzo Plazzotta
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Sir Tufton Beamish
Installation date:1964
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Lewes Town Council
Object listing:Not listed
Description:Sculpture suggests a medieval helmet crowned by a frieze in bas-relief by the lost wax process. The frieze has eight scenes depicting stories told by contemporary chronicles about the Battle of Lewes. The words around the frieze are taken from 'The Song of Lewes', a long and complex Latin poem written by an unknown churchman after the battle.
Inscription:Underneath the pictorial elements of the frieze circling the helmet (taken from 'The Song of Lewes'):

NOW ENGLISHMEN, READ ON ABOUT THIS BATTLE FOUGHT AT LEWES' WALLS. BECAUSE OF THIS YOU ARE ALIVE AND SAFE. REJOICE THEN IN GOD
LAW IS LIKE FIRE, FOR IT LIGHTS AS TRUTH, WARMS AS CHARITY, BURNS AS ZEAL. WITH THESE VIRTUES AS HIS GUIDES, THE KING WILL RULE WELL.

At the bottom of the sculpture, on the base, small bronze plaque:

PRESENTED TO THE PEOPLE OF LEWES
BY THEIR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
SIR TUFTON BEAMISH, M.C.
TO MARK THE 700TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE BATTLE OF LEWES
FOUGHT ON THE 14TH MAY 1264
AND UNVEILED BY
THE DUKE OF NORFOLK, E.M., K.O.

DESIGNED AND EXECUTED BY
ENZO PLAZZOTTA

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Classification

Categories:Commemorative, Sculptural, Free Standing
Object type1:Sculpture
Subject type1:Pictorial

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Object Parts

Part 1:Sculpture
     Material:Sand-cast aluminium
     Height (cm):450

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:23/05/2007

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History

History:The statue was presented to the people of Lewes by Sir Tufton Beamish, M.C., the MP for Lewes. It was to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle fought on 14 May 1264. The battle was fought to the West of the town between the barons, led by Simon de Montfort and Henry III. Simon de Montfort won a famous victory taking Henry prisoner and occupying Lewes.
('The Battle of Lewes Memorial')

The monument was unveiled by the Duke of Norfolk.

'...crowned by a frieze in bas-relief by the lost wax process. Eight scenes illustrating stories told by contemporary chronicles about the battle. The words around the frieze are taken from 'The Song of Lewes', a long and complex latin poem written by an unknown churchman after the battle'
('The Battle of Lewes Memorial')
Hard archive file:Yes

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'The Battle of Lewes Memorial'
     Type:Book
     Author:Alison, Christopher.
     Publisher:W.E. Baxter Ltd. Lewes

Source 2 :
     Title:'Open Air Sculpture of Britain: A Comprehensive Guide'
     Type:Book
     Author:Strachan, W.J.
     Date:00/00/1984
     Publisher:A.Zwemmer Ltd. & Tate Gallery. London.


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Date: 23/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 23/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 23/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Date: 23/05/2007
Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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