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Guardian of the Gate

By pamelajean
(Continuing my Southampton series).

There are 2 lion sculptures at The Bargate in Southampton, and this picture was taken before they were repainted.

A bit of history. Around the 16th century it is thought that wooden sculptures of lions were added in front of the Bargate. The surviving mayors’ accounts for 1594 include payments for the construction of new lions and the use of the word “new” suggests that lion sculptures existed before that point.

In September 2018 corrosion on the lion sculptures caused the tail on one of them to fall off.
In November 2020 the lion sculptures were removed to allow them to be repaired.
They were subsequently returned to public display in March 2021 having been repainted in what is believed to be their original colours.


Tags: Sculpture Landmark Lion Architecture Southampton Historic Medieval The old town Hampshire England City Gateway repainted

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Chinga Plus
12 112 3 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2022 4:50PM
Impressive sculpture. Beautiful composition Pamela...
Isabel GrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2563 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2022 5:11PM
They've seen a few sights on Saturday nights... Wink
mac Plus
21 14 Scotland
2 Jun 2022 5:39PM
A fierce looking custodian of the gate, complete with lance. Great capture, Pamela, and I like the viewpoint you used to include the gate in the frame. Excellent intro.
JuBarney Plus
11 36 6 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2022 5:46PM
A smashing shot
Fenfotos 6 34 3 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2022 6:02PM
Super image
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
2 Jun 2022 7:36PM
A fine guardian --flag and all!
2 Jun 2022 9:32PM
Great shot *****
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
3 Jun 2022 11:18AM
I wouldn't dare challenge him and his long spike! A fine capture, Pamela, and interesting bit of history to him too 👍🏻😃
Trev 😀

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