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Panels at entrances to Chapelfield Shopping Centre

County Norfolk   District Council Norwich City Council 
Civil Parish or equivalent Norwich City Council  Town/Village* Norwich 
Road St Stephens 
Precise Location On entrance to Chapelfield Shopping Centre 
OS Grid Ref TG225081  Postcode NR1 
Previous location(s)  
Setting On building  Access Public 
Artist/Maker Role Qualifier
Edward Barker  Sculptor(s)   

Commissioned by

Original commissioned by Nestlé Rowntree, 1955-6; Moulds by Capital Shopping Centres 

Design & Constrn period


Date of installing


Exact date of unveiling



Abstract Animal Architectural
Commercial Commemorative Composite
Free Functional Funerary
Heraldic Military Natural
Non-Commemorative Performance Portable
Religious Roadside, Wayside Sculptural
Temporary, Mobile Other  

Object Type

Building Clock Tower Architectural
Coat of Arms Cross Fountain
Landscape Marker Medallion
Mural Panel Readymade
Relief Shaft Sculpture
Statue Street Furniture War Memorial
Other Object Sub Type: Panels copied from the former Nestlé/Rowntree factory

Subject Type

Allegorical Mythological Pictorial
Figurative Non-figurative Portrait
Still-life Symbolic Other

Subject Sub Type

Bust Equestrian Full-length
Group Head Reclining
Seated Standing Torso
Part Material Dimension
Panels  Plastic?  ea. H. 140 cms W. 180 cms 

Work is

Extant Not Sited Lost


Capital Shopping Centres 

Listing status

Grade I Grade II* Grade II Don't Know Not Listed

Surface Condition

Corrosion, Deterioration Accretions
Bird Guano Abrasions, cracks, splits
Biological growth Spalling, crumbling
Metallic staining Previous treatments

Structural Condition

Armature exposed Broken or missing parts
Replaced parts Loose elements
Cracks, splits, breaks, holes Spalling, crumbling
Water collection Other


Graffiti Structural damage Surface Damage

Overall condition

Good Fair Poor


No Known Risk At Risk Immediate

Description (physical)

The four panels on the St Stephens entrance to the Chapelfield shopping mall are situated flanking the glass entrance wall - two to each side just above the columns. Each incorporates a hand: to the south holding beans with an African seen frontally; below with exotic fruit - notably a pineapple. Opposite an African seen in profile holding maize and below a cow standing in corn. The panels are repeated on the Chapelfield entrance (under glass) where they are set above each other in the sequence: beans - cow- pineapple-maize. 

Description (iconographical)

The panels were copied from roundels along Chapelfield east, originally above the doorway of the 1955/56 extension to the former Nestlé/Rowntree chocolate factory (closed in 1994). The original Caleys factory by Edward Boardman of 1899 was bombed in 1942, but the building facing Chapelfield gardens was reconstructed by A.J. Mathewson in 1951. The roundels were commissioned for his 1955 extension. Peter Bardwell spotted them, even though they are too faint to make out the sequence, in George Plunkett's photograph (cited below). Edward Barker (†1984) was a prominent Norwich sculptor and member of the Twenty group. His roundels celebrated the ingredients - milk, cocoa, maize and exotic fruits - of the chocolates produced at the factory. It is unclear whether there was a second set inside the factory. Revised 11/4/2017 


Date taken:  12/4/2007
Date logged: 

Photographed by:
Sarah Cocke

On Site Inspection

Date:  12/10/2006

Inspected by:
Richard Cocke

Sources and References

Nikolaus Pevsner and Bill Wilson, Buildings of England. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East, New Haven and London, 1997I 319; information from the sculptor's daughter, Eleanor Barker; Architecture/Chapel Field Rd Nestle chocolate factory [7354] (brought to ur attention by Peter Bardwell) 


Date entered:  9/5/2007

Data inputter:
Richard Cocke