“classically-inspired monument, which shows marked similarities to the Soane tomb”*

From Wikipedia:

“Philip Twells (1808 – 8 May 1880) was a Conservative Party politician.

He was the second son of John Twells and his wife Mary Line. He attended Charterhouse School, and matriculated in 1827 at Worcester College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1831, M.A. in 1833. He was a banker, and was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1834.

The family bank, set up by Matthias Attwood, traded as Spooner, Attwoods and Co. of Lombard Street. In 1863, the private bank Barclay, Bevan, Tritton and Co., precursor to the Barclay Group, took it over. At that point Twells became a partner in the enlarged concern.

Twells first stood for election for City of London in 1868 but was unsuccessful. He was then elected for the constituency in 1874 but did not stand for re-election in 1880.

Twells died leaving £300,000. His widow Georgiana had the church of St Mary Magdalene, Enfield, built in his memory. It was designed by William Butterfield, and finished in 1883.”

From the Historic England entry:


TQ3081SE LINCOLN’S INN FIELDS 798-1/106/1066 (South East side) 14/05/74 Memorial drinking fountain in south-east corner of the square


Drinking fountain. c1880. Granite. Rectangular 2-stage pillar on octagonal stepped base. On each face of 1st tier a triangular pediment supported by pilasters with water taps at the base and bracketed basins. The 2nd tier with roundels under segmental pediments supported by pilasters. All surmounted by a central urn. Inscription on central panel commemorating Philip Twells MP.”

*From Londonremembers.com:

“{Inscribed into the marble above one of the, non-functioning, drinking spouts:}
In memory of Philip Twells, barrister at law of Lincoln’s Inn and sometime Member of Parliament for the City of London.
8 May A.D. 1880.”

7 thoughts on ““classically-inspired monument, which shows marked similarities to the Soane tomb”*”

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