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Giles Circus

Giles' Family

Grandma, Vera and the Twins from the cartoon by Carl Giles, published from 1945 - 1991
Miles Robinson

Ipswich /  Giles' Family   Ipswich /  Giles' Family


Fibre-glass resin statue, showing 'Grandma' and various other characters from cartoon strip by Carl Giles. The sculpture portrayes Grandma with her long coat buttoned down to her feet wearing goggle-like glasses under the brim of her hat decorated with flowers. She holds an umbrella in one hand and her handbag-padlocked for security - in the other. She is accompanied on one side by droopy Vera and on the other by the twins pilfering sausages from her bag, notable for its bottle of Gordons Gin, to feed the dog at her feet.

The statue surmount a circular base of three steps, with inscription giles circus. In the pavement are the street names.

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unveiled by
warren mitchell - 4th sept 1993
to honour carl giles o.b.e.
for his longstanding association
with ipswich and 50 years with
express newspapers
as britain's best loved cartoonist



The statue was erected at the junction of Princes Street, Queen Street and Buttermarket. The junction has been renamed Giles Circus and in 2010 the area has been renovated & the statue moved a few yards and raised onto a three-tiered plinth. Grandma now gazes up in the direction of the window of Giles' former studio.

Carl Giles

Ronald "Carl" Giles; often referred to simply as Giles
London 1916 - Ipswich 1995
British cartoonist most famous for his work for the British newspaper the Daily Express. He lived at Witnesham near Ipswich from 1943. (Wikipedia).

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  • Country: Great Britain
  • Dog
  • Giles` Family
  • Grandmother
  • Robinson, Miles
  • Twins
  • Umbrella
  • Vera
  • Woman with basket
  • Location (N 52°3'25" - E 1°9'10")

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