Pupils acted as models to create a new public sculpture being created in Billingshurst to commemorate a school’s 350-year milestone.
Christ’s Hospital, now at Horsham, was in the City of London from 1552-1902.
Sculptor Andrew Brown is using photographs of pupils posing for the maquette, or small scale model, and then again for the final piece, working at his Billingshurst studio.
Andrew, a renowned sculptor with many public commissions in his portfolio, was
selected following an open competition organised by the City of London Corporation. The sculpture will be moved to a foundry in London in the summer and is planned to be installed this
Christ’s Hospital was founded in the City 465 years ago and moved to Horsham in 1902. The new
bronze sculpture, 2.4m long and 1.5m high, will be positioned close to where Christ’s Hospital was
originally founded in Newgate Street. Currently, the only permanent acknowledgement of its
occupation of the site for such a long period of time is a small blue plaque.
The sculpture will be very visible to the passer-by positioned on the boundary wall of Christchurch
Greyfriars Church Garden. The school says the design will give ‘life’ to the essence of Christ’s Hospital and its vision.
It will reflect themes relating to the past generations of children and depict children marching in
their famous Tudor uniform, a tradition that is part of the daily life of the pupils today. The modern
day school remains true to its original vision of providing education for children of promise
regardless of means.
The back of the sculpture facing the garden will feature a copper plate drawing of the Priory
buildings before Christ’s Hospital began to occupy the site in 1552, coupled with an extract from a
poem by former pupil, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
The school said: “This striking sculpture serves as recognition of Christ’s Hospital’s relationship with the City which remains active today. The project has attracted considerable interest.”