What counts?

What counts as public sculpture and monuments for this project?

Included in our survey are:

  • Any commemorative or sculptural outdoor feature (ie obelisk, column etc) carrying a commemorative inscription or with sculptural content, or both (e.g. the Lucas and Lisle obelisk in Castle Park, Colchester).
  • Commemorative or other free-standing statues.
  • 'Art' sculptures.
  • Clock towers; ornamental/drinking fountains; pumps; mile posts etc containing inscriptions or sculpture (or both).
  • Street furniture (lamps, ironwork etc) which has sculptural content or shows fine stone- or iron-work (e.g. the lamp standards outside the former Great Eastern Hotel in Harwich).
  • Commemorative plaques or tablets where these carry elaborate or long  inscriptions and/or sculptural content or fine stone-work.
  • Architectural sculpture where this stands out from the basic texture of the building (a group of figures as opposed to decorative floral work); or where this relates particularly to local history (eg the mother and child figures on the Leahurst Hostel in Braintree; the coadstone reliefs on Shire Hall in Chelmsford).
  • Any of the above on private premises but visible from the public highway.
  • Statues or sculptures on estates where the grounds are open to the public


Excluded from our survey are:

  • Indoor statues/monuments.
  • Church, or churchyard monuments (unless the monument or sculpture is a publicly subscribed memorial).
  • War memorials - these have been the subject of a separate survey and recent work by Civic Voice.
  • Minor architectural sculpture. If in doubt consult the project team.
  • Minor garden sculpture; commemorative park seats.
  • 'Blue plaques' or similar; but include tablets or plaques as stated above.
  • Cattle troughs unless these have commemorative inscriptions or sculpture.


If in doubt, record the item or contact the EPMAS team for advice.