The Rankin Porch
Queen's Walk, Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool L1

Picture by Dave Wood
 
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Sculptor: Edward Carter Preston
 

A symmetrical match for The Welsford Porch, it opens out onto what was once St James Street but is now called Queen's Walk, a stately name for an inelegant car park. The porch appears closed by railings but during the working day a gate can be found allowing close inspection of the statuary within. There are four royal figures on the inside walls to the left and right. On the left are King George VI holding a sword and his wife Queen Elisabeth (the Queen Mother). On the wall to the right are the bearded King George V with his hands clasped and his wife Queen Mary, in prayer. This couple on the right are the King and Queen of Kingsway and Queensway and are also commemorated in statues at the Queensway entrance at Manchester Street / Dale St. There are 13 statues in the main composition within the tri-form doors. A figure of Christ teaching crowns the composition, with two angels below. Beside and between the doors there are ten figures representing work. Reading from left to right they are: the housewife with her broom, the merchant with staff and globe, the builder with his trowel, the labourer with his shovel, the farmer with his seed-corn, the fisherman - nets trailing to his feet, the shepherd carrying a lamb, the good neighbour sharing his milk, the steward with his contracts and the servant bringing victuals. For those who find the Edwardian casting of the housewife and servant out of keeping with the 21st century, a therapeutic visit to the Lady Chapel within the cathedral is suggested for immediate salve.

Sources:
Pevsner Architectural Guides; Liverpool by Joseph Sharples
abcgallery.com
newadvent.org

Alan Maycock 2008

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