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Come on in to the Bear pit

By pentaxpatty
Hello and good day to one and all.

So pleased you liked the Texting on ones horse, I love to read all your comments, and that you liked the Bear too.

Today's photos are to show you the Bear pit and the bear, also a little information about the Bear pit.

Have a good day today, I am going to stay indoors, it looks cold and damp out.

Love and light Patty xSmileSmile

Bear Pit
This is a Grade II listed building, built in 1836. The Bear Pit housed two bears until the 1870's when they were removed, following an incident when a child fell into the pit and was killed.

The Grade II listed Bear Pit was fully repaired during the restoration of the Gardens. The old railings (of a somewhat dour municipal character) have been replaced with more elegant ones, matching the railings which surround most of the Gardens. Grilles have been re-instated and can be pulled across the entrance to the Pit, and also across the two side dens (which once housed the two bears). The grilles can be locked, therefore keeping things either in or out.

In January 2005 a mild steel sculpture of a bear (2.4m tall) was installed, to remind people of the former use of this structure. The bear was originally a pale silver grey colour, but the sculptor wanted the metal to rust naturally. He therefore treated the statue with acetic acid, and now, with the added influence of a traditional English summer, the bear is an interesting and very realistic grizzly-brown colour. It is hoped to establish a collection of hardy ferns in the Bear Pit, while continuing to allow access to see and touch the sculpture.

Tags: Architecture Bear pits Sculptures Botancial gardens Pentax K-5 Sheffield

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Comments


ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
9 Mar 2015 7:40AM
That's interesting, Patty.
I must say it's not the best bear sculpture I've ever seen but your picture of it is good.

Learned something today.
SUE118 Plus
12 8 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 7:42AM
Lovely captures and a very interesting write-up.Smile
ade123 8 285 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 7:47AM
A great set of images Patty.

Ade
fotobee Plus
7 4 3 South Africa
9 Mar 2015 7:59AM
A very interesting story, Patty! Thank goodness it is only decorative now, the ferns should do well there! I will send a blindfold for Teddy`s eyes, if you take him there!!! (heh heh) Regards M&M
9 Mar 2015 8:06AM

Quote:A very interesting story, Patty! Thank goodness it is only decorative now, the ferns should do well there! I will send a blindfold for Teddy`s eyes, if you take him there!!! (heh heh) Regards M&M
Thank you Martin, Teddy would be a little scared of this big bear.

He sends a big hello to you and Mo xGrinGrinGrin

Patty
9 Mar 2015 8:27AM
Beautiful and interesting set of images , Patty ! As great as the bear is , my favorite is however V1 . There is some beautiful mystery in it ! SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.
9 Mar 2015 8:30AM
A lovely set Patty...I was looking for a real bearTongue

DannySmile
9 Mar 2015 8:34AM

Quote:A lovely set Patty...I was looking for a real bearTongue

DannySmile

They had two in there but no more thank fully

Patty Grin
4, beautiful images with lovely colours and great attention to detail, excellent capture, SmileSmileSmileSmile xxx
BRITCHIE
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 9:02AM
Lovely to see the enterance and the bear Patricia, a wonderful narrative to accompany them as well.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
jocas 6 6 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 9:17AM
Super set of images and great info,
Jo
barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 9:31AM
V 1 is very special...
Think kids would be scared there....or is it just fun for them
9 Mar 2015 9:46AM
Lots of info interesting photos, this is great for our photo club, well done Patty. Very well taken selection of photo to accompany the script rounds off a good presentation. Well done
Ted447 Plus
7 216 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 9:56AM
Nice set of images. Ted. GrinGrin
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 10:21AM
An interesting and informative narrative supported by an equally interesting and well captured set of images Patricia. Thanks for sharing.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 166 16 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 10:22AM
A great set of images Patty, a great write up to, love the bearGrinGrin

Cliff
EMJAYCEE Plus
11 10 10 England
9 Mar 2015 11:18AM
Wow, this sounds so interesting Patty and the photos are super.
Joan
ColleenA Plus
8 470 7 Australia
9 Mar 2015 11:30AM
Such interesting information Patty. Love V 1 with the lovely pathway and flowers. The bear pit looks great from the high vantage point you shot from. A great set
A very interesting narrative Patty and four great images, I love the bear in V3. SmileSmileSmileSmile
Carol
Irishkate Plus
10 44 118 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 11:55AM
Interesting narrative but I wonder why the bears were housed there at all?
Seems a very restricting area for two wild animals.
Sad about the child being killed too.
Great reportage Patty.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
Alison_S 15 339 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 12:13PM
A fascinating place, and interesting write up Patty.........absolutely love V1, and how someone had left a little sprig of holly on the bear!! Thanks for sharing all of this!! Grin
Fefe Plus
9 54 34 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 12:25PM
Well go to the foot of our stairs....
never seen this...great set! Very interestingGrinGrin
Diane
mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
9 Mar 2015 12:53PM
Come on in to the Bear pit,.... that's not an invitation you get every day.
Hope Ted wasn't frightened by his big cousinSmileSmile
Nice set Patty.

Dave.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
9 Mar 2015 2:31PM
An interesting slice of history, lovely !
9 Mar 2015 3:37PM
A lovely set of images, and interesting info, Patty!
Effrossini
9 Mar 2015 4:06PM

Quote:V 1 is very special...
Think kids would be scared there....or is it just fun for them

the kids love it here
9 Mar 2015 4:08PM

Quote:Interesting narrative but I wonder why the bears were housed there at all?
Seems a very restricting area for two wild animals.
Sad about the child being killed too.
Great reportage Patty.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

They had the bears for sport! I know dreadful but the Victorians thought it grand. Bear baiting etc.
9 Mar 2015 5:25PM
I like the bit of mystery in V1 Patty, a bit like the icing on the Cake covering what's inside Wink

JohnSmile
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 5:48PM
A lovely and interesting set;
thanks for the info too.
Ju
9 Mar 2015 6:17PM
A lovely set of images Patty with a great piece of information.

Mary Grin
9 Mar 2015 7:50PM
This is a super set Patty. I did wonder abut the bear pit and am really grateful for the information. Cathy
mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
9 Mar 2015 8:01PM
Interesting set Patty.
And interesting narrative too.
Mick.
9 Mar 2015 8:58PM
Wonderful captures of this interesting place and informative writing!
George
capto Plus
8 6.5k 23 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2015 11:10PM
A fine set and a fascinating story.Smile

ivor
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
10 Mar 2015 10:33AM
A lovely set with a quite interesting and sad story behind, Patty. Good photo journalism.
A great write up Patty, and such interesting images !!

Lynette Grin

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