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Architectural Detail - 2

 

A couple of details from what was, until recently, a branch of the Halifax Building Society, in Sheffield, but originally the Jeffie Bainbridge Home for Waifs and Strays. Jeffie (short for Jefferson) was the first wife of Emerson Muschamp Bainbridge, the son of the founder of Bainbridge's departement store in Newcastle (subsequently bought, I think, by the John Lewis Partnership - but still known as Bainbridge's by the older residents :-)  ).

 

 

Architectural Detail - 2

 

A couple of details from what was, until recently, a branch of the Halifax Building Society, in Sheffield, but originally the Jeffie Bainbridge Home for Waifs and Strays. Jeffie (short for Jefferson) was the first wife of Emerson Muschamp Bainbridge, the son of the founder of Bainbridge's departement store in Newcastle (subsequently bought, I think, by the John Lewis Partnership - but still known as Bainbridge's by the older residents :-)  ).

 

 

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 May 2019, 01:21
Excellent!

I especially like the snake, Chris.
Tom Wilson: Yes, the snake is particularly good!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 9 May 2019, 03:01
seems like the man's eyes are closed
Tom Wilson: Yes, you are right - I've no idea who the figure is supposed to be, or what symbolism there is.
C'est très décoratif.
Tom Wilson: Oui, c'est vrai, Martine.
Great details they are too Tom. Quite some names in there.
Tom Wilson: Fine bits of sculpture - no idea who the sculptor was.
I thought the same as Sherri...
Tom Wilson: Yes, I think you are both right.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 May 2019, 06:25
I get the feeling money was no impediment to the place when built Tom
Tom Wilson: I imagine that Bainbridge was pretty rich by the standards of the time.
I wonder if the waifs and strays appreciated this fine decoration Tom?
Tom Wilson: They were more likely to appreciate the food and a bed, I think, Bill smile
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 9 May 2019, 08:32
The sculpture looks remarkably fresh Tom, it must be made from some very hard stone.
Tom Wilson: I think you are right there, Chad - the detail is still remarkably sharp.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 May 2019, 11:47
Young and old - the man has a funny hairstyle above his forehead.
Tom Wilson: Your explanation of Kairos might be right!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 May 2019, 11:58
The male figure could be Aesculap (snake) or the Caerus (Greek: Καιρός, Kairos, the same as kairos), he was the personification of opportunity, luck and favorable moments. He was shown with only one lock of hair.
Tom Wilson: Yes, either is a possibility I suppose, but the case for Kairos looks best.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 May 2019, 12:00
The female figure could be the personigfication of the town or the Caritas with the fruits.
Tom Wilson: Given the nature of the building, Caritas (or Charity) would certainly be appropriate.
There's some fine detail in these.
Tom Wilson: Well preserved, too, as Chad notes.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 May 2019, 15:36
An interesting piece of history.
Tom Wilson: Quite a lot of it about in Sheffield.
I love that name - Home for Waifs and Strays.
Tom Wilson: It has a very 19th century ring to it smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 May 2019, 20:49
A very different use for the building now. Waifs and strays still exist unfortunately and are called the "homeless". A different set of problems in some case, I think.

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