The Gold Smelters

The Gold Smelters,[1] also known as the Barbican Frieze,[2] Bryer's Frieze,[3] Gold Refiners,[4] or abridged as Gold Smelters,[5] is an outdoor frieze relief by J. Daymond, installed along Aldersgate Street in London, United Kingdom. It was saved from a building demolished in the 1960s and re-erected in its present location by the Corporation of London in 1975.

The Gold Smelters
The relief in 2014
ArtistJ. Daymond
LocationLondon, United Kingdom
Coordinates51.521394°N 0.097184°W / 51.521394; -0.097184


The medium relief depicts twelve figures engaged in gold refining trade, plus a cat. The relief is part of a large concrete block mounted on a brick plinth. A nearby plaque reads, THIS FRIEZE WAS REMOVED FROM NUMBER 53 AND 54 / BARBICAN WHEN IT WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1962 AND RE / ERECTED BY THE CORPORATION OF LONDON IN 1975 / NUMBER 53 AND 54 WERE THE PREMISES / OF W. BRYER & SONS GOLD REFINERS AND ASSAYERS / WHOSE TRADE IS DEPICTED IN THE FRIEZE. THE BUILDING / WAS ONE OF THE FEW WHICH SURVIVED WHEN THE AREA / WAS LARGELY DESTROYED BY INCENDIARY BOMBS IN / DECEMBER 1940.[3]


  1. Ward-Jackson, Philip (2003). Public Sculpture of the City of London. Public Sculpture of Britain. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. pp. 4–5.
  2. "Memorial: Barbican frieze". London Remembers. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  3. "Bryer's Frieze, Barbican, Aldersgate St". Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  4. "Gold Refiners – Aldersgate Street, Barbican, London, UK". Waymarking. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  5. "Gold Smelters". The Victorian Web. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
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