Goswell Road monuments

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Where Goswell Road becomes Aldergate Street, London, United Kingdom
Goswell Road monuments - Where Aldersgate Street  meets Gowell Road. Notice the small blue plaque commemorating Robert Besley just above the 'N' in chicken. The Gold refiners Frieze is across the road from this.
Goswell Road monuments - Memorial to Robert Besley in Goswell Road
Goswell Road monuments - Detail of gold assayers and refiners frieze near the Barbican.
Goswell Road monuments - Information about the Frieze near the Barbican
Goswell Road monuments - Frieze near the Barbican

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AdamR3723 AdamR3723
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Passing by the Barbican... Feb 20, 2017
I was walking south along Goswell Road, passing the Barbican, when I spotted a carved stone frieze mounted on a wall above a pthway leading into the Barbica.

At first, from a distance, I thought it was a Roman remain, but it is not that. It is much more recent. It is all that remains of numbers 53 and 54 before it was demolished to make space for the construction of the Barbica. It was rescued from Bryers & Sons, the gold assayers and refiners. The frieze is both attractive and interesting because it illustrates various aspects of the gold refiners trade.

Opposite it, across the road, there is a small memorial plaque, commemorating Robert Besley, who was Mayor of London from 1869-1870. Besley was a British typographer, who designed various typefaces including the well-kown CLARENDON font.
Frieze near the Barbican
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