Street Orderly Boy

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Reference WMO/292793


Paddington Street Gardens


London Borough of Westminster


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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Figure sculpture
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A sculpture of a boy attending to a thorn in his foot. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mayfair & Hyde Park Walk Start: The old name for a street cleaner was a “street orderly boy” as they tended to be boys from poor families, in Victorian times, who would otherwise be roaming the streets and causing trouble. They were used to keep the streets clean from horse waste. In some towns they would be organised with military style discipline and organisation. In the 2nd World War this use of such boys to run errands, perhaps during bombing raids, was seemingly still practised as this memorial to a street urchin remembers these young people. This enigmatic sculpture captures the perils of running the streets in bare feet as the boy depicted tries to remove a thorn from his foot. Paddington Street Gardens were formed during the 18th century as an additional burial ground for the old St Marylebone Parish Church >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Route: From here walk down Aybrook Street, turn R into Blandford Street, then down Manchester Street to Manchester Square and the Wallace Collection. Go along Fitzhardinge Street , through Portman Square along Upper Berkeley Street and left down Great Cumberland place until you come on the left hand side to a small leafy square by a Jewish Synagogue. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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