King George V (6 May 1910 – 20 January 1936)

Historic England: Former Bentall’s Department Store, Kingston upon Thames.

“Department store, 1932-5 by Maurice Everett Webb, rebuilt behind facade 1990-2.

The former Bentall’s department store is listed at Grade II for the following principal reasons: * Architectural interest: the 115 metre-long façade, a restrained exercise in the English Baroque by an important architectural firm, is impressive and substantially complete, and – complemented by the surviving elements of the Wood Street entrance lobby – is of sufficient interest to offset the loss of the building behind; * Artistic interest: the curved corner element incorporates reliefs by the major sculptor Eric Gill; * Historic interest: a very unusual instance of a department store on a truly metropolitan scale built in an outer-urban location.

See image: Barrel shaped bronze post-box set into wall next to south doorway.

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