The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

Cicero on the Walworth Road


Good to see the sculpture from the top of the Walworth Clinic (1936-37 by Percy Smart) on the front of English Heritage’s round up of new London listings from last year.   I pass this on the way to Elephant and Castle station every morning and love the plaque that announces ‘The health of the people is the highest law’–more uplift than you expect on the Walworth Road.  I didn’t know that this was a quote from Cicero’s De Legibus ‘Salus populi suprema est lex’.   Also great to see Heritage Minister John Penrose being really enthusiastic in his Foreward about listing, and saying he hopes the list “interests a wide audience, captures their imagination and helps open their eyes”.    That’s a pretty good endorsement.  

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