Belgian refugee carves Spalding Gentlemen’s Society building

Belgian refugee Jules Tuerlinckx.
Belgian refugee Jules Tuerlinckx.

The carving on the outside of the new home of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society in Broad Street in the town had been unveiled.

Society members approached Jules Tuerlinckx, a stone carver “of considerable reputation” among the Belgian refugees living locally, to do the work.

The work consisted of nine panels, including the arms of the society founder Maurice Johnson.

Pictured above are the Belgian carver and the central panel depicting the birth of Venus “as symbolic of the reclamation of the Fenland from the sea”. Venus is represented seated in a shell supported by two Tritons.

The work was delayed from when the building went up because of lack of funds.