Guildford Cathedral

Guildford Cathedral from the sky

World War I Memorial Sculpture

In 2015, on the occasion of the centenary of the First World War, Guildford Cathedral held a competition for sculptors to submit designs for a new memorial. The sculpture was to be carved from a block of Clipsham limestone on the east face of the Cathedral Tower.

Nicholas’s winning design of a mother and child reflected the sacrifice and grieving of those involved in the conflict. It also responded to the stylistic vocabulary of the Cathedral’s 1930s design by Sir Edward Maufe, which features exterior sculptures by prominent early-20th century British sculptors including Eric Gill and Vernon Hill.

Nicholas submitted preparatory drawings and maquettes for multiple reviews by a design committee, before creating a 1/2 size working model. The 8′ tall sculpture was carved in situ on an open-air scaffold high up on the Cathedral tower in the middle of winter. The gilding at the base is by the talented woodcarver Clunie Fretton.

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