Charles Henry Meadows was born in Liverpool in 1868. He was trained as a sculptor and carver in wood and stone in Liverpool and London before coming to Southampton in 1897. He lived at Waterloo Road, Freemantle, before moving in 1930 to Stafford Road in Shirley. For 20 years he worked for monumental stonemasons Garret and Haysom of East Street. He was responsible for the series of ten heads of literary greats carved from Bath Stone that adorn the fronts of ten houses (nos. 8-22) on the south side of Kenilworth Road in the Polygon. Much of the carved stonework on the Mayflower Memorial was also by Meadows.

Charles Henry Meadows

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The Sculptor. Oil Painting by Edgar Grigg of Meadows at work, 1940

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More Stories of Southampton Streets, by A. G. K. Leonard, p20-26. (HS/h)


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