1959/2 W Godfrey Allen Esq MA FSA FRIBA
Bronze portrait bust on lettered stone plinth
Exhibited Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1959 Catalogue No. 1423
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Illustrated Magazine 1959 page 81
Modelled in 8 sittings between 28/1/1959 and 16/3/1959
Architect Walter Godfrey Allen was Surveyor to the fabric of St Paul's Cathedral 1931-56. (see also 1957/11)
A cast is in the Crypt of St Paul's Cathedral and was unveiled on 21/11/1987.
On 2/10/1968 another cast was loaned to
Kent University Canterbury from where it was
stolen on 18/12/1968.
The Times 17/2/1931
He wrote the definitive paper on the sightlines of London in the area of St. Paul’s Cathedral which are still used today. See
“History of the Heights: 1.5 The Heights were devised in the 1930s by W. Godfrey Allen, Surveyor to the Fabric of St Paul’s, in response to growing concern that important views of the Cathedral would be obscured by the “lofty structures” being erected in the vicinity.”
The Times January 14, 2006:”The City of London guidelines on views — known as the St Paul’s Heights Code — were devised in the 1930s by W. Godfrey Allen, the Surveyor to the Fabric of St Paul’s. After public objections to the building of Unilever House … it was decided to impose height restrictions to safeguard the views of the cathedral. This was supplemented in 1991 by a system introduced by central government, which protected ten strategic views of St Paul’s and the Palace of Westminster, laying out specific viewing corridors, with additional regulations forcing developers to consult over planned buildings adjacent to the views and, just as important, in the background.”
St Paul's Cathedral (isometric projection)
London, England Built 1675-1711 Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723)
Drawing 1923-8 by R. B. Brook-Greaves and W. Godfrey Allen
It has been extensively restored on three occasions after fire damage.
The first fire occurred in 1545 in the reign of Henry VIII. The restoration
plans of that year remained in Lambeth Palace, and were used in the
restoration after the Second World War by Godfrey Allen.
Plaque at Faversham Kent
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