Clement Attlee

I remember when the statue of Clement Attllee was placed outside Limehouse Library.   Of course, it could be regarded – and probably is – by some as a piece of reactionary neo-realism, but I have always thought of it as a surprisingly convincing example of modern figurative sculpture.   It’s now in the grounds of Queen Mary as the old Limehouse Library is redeveloped as a restaurant:-



2 thoughts on “Clement Attlee

  1. pbmum says:

    I was intrigued by your suggestion that Limehouse Library was to become a restaurant. As I spent a large chunk of my 1960s/70s childhood using it I wondered about the possibility of one day eating a meal there. However, it appears from the Wikipedia entry on the library, and May 2014 Tower Hamlets council documents cited there, that the building is to be redeveloped as student housing. The documents state that the mural that was added to the reading room in the 1980s is now beyond repair.

    Best wishes,


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