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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
City Of London
Town
City of London
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Ragnhild Butenschon
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 25 March 1966
    Attended by: King Olav V of Norway
  • Dedicated
    Date: 25 March 1966
    Attended by: Bishop of London
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
3373
Current location

North Chapel.
St Mary le Bow Church
Cheapside
City of London
City Of London
Greater London
EC2V 6AU
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 32387 81165
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Large bronze abstract relief, wall mounted, depicting figure (St George or St Michael) riding horse and slaying dragon. Wall-mounted tablet bears inscription in gilt lettering.
Inscription
THIS PLACE IN THE RESTORED CHURCH/ OF ST MARY-LE-BOW IS SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF THE NORWEGIANS WHO DIED/ IN THE RESISTANCE TO THE TYRANNY OF/ NAZISM IN THE YEARS 1940-45/ THE BRONZE RELIEF BY RAGNHILD BUTENSCHON,/ WAS GIVEN BY THE PEOPLE OF NORWAY FOR WHOM THE/ SOUND OF BOW BELLS BROADCAST THROUGHOUT EUROPE/ WAS A SYMBOL OF HOPE DURING THE NAZI OCCUPATION. / THE SCULPTURE WAS UNVEILED BY HIS MAJESTY/ KING OLAV V OF NORWAY AND DEDICATED BY THE/ LORD BISHOP OF LONDON ON MARCH 25TH 1966/ THERE WAS A WAR IN HEAVEN: MICHAEL AND HIS ANGEL FOUGHT AGAINST/ THE DRAGON: AND THE DRAGON FOUGHT AND HIS ANGELS, AND PREVAILED/ NOT: NEITHER WAS THEIR PLACE FOUND ANY MORE IN HEAVEN. AND THE/ GREAT DRAGON WAS CAST OUT, THAT OLD SERPENT, CALLED THE DEVIL,/ AND SATAN, WHICH DECEIVETH THE WHOLE WORLD: HE WAS CAST OUT/ IN TO THE EARTH, AND HIS ANGELS WERE CAST OUT WITH HIM. AND I/ HEARD A LOUD VOICE SAYING IN HEAVEN, NOW IS COME SALVATION,/ AND STRENGTH AND THE KINGDOM OF OUR GOD, AND THE POWER OF/ HIS CHRIST: FOR THE ACCUSER OF OUR BRETHREN IS CAST DOWN, WHICH/ ACCUSED THEM BEFORE OUR GOD DAY AND NIGHT. AND THEY OVER-/ CAME HIM BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB, AND BY THE WORD OF THEIR/ TESTIMONY THEY LOVED NOT THEIR LIVES UNTO THE DEATH/ REVELATIONS CHAPTER 12/ VERSES 7- 11
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Relief
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Corporate,public
Reference
  • The Times 25 Mar. 1966 p.13 col.a; 26 Mar. 1966 p.12 col.c.

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