TG1807 : The Barclay family plot

taken 4 years ago, near to Colney, Norfolk, Great Britain

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The Barclay family plot
The Barclay family plot
In Colney St Andrew's churchyard. The Barclays used to live nearby in Colney Hall, nestled within a wood and surrounded by an extensive landscaped park and gardens featuring an aviary, grottos and a man-made cave, and for some time two pet African lions, Mitzi and Fritzi, the gift of a German count, until one of them killed Terence Henry Ford Barclay, Hugh Gurney Barclay's eldest son. His grave is the first from right.

The incident happened shortly before Christmas 1911, when Lt Terence Barclay who had served with the Scots Guards in South Africa, went into the garden to see the lions that had arrived earlier in the year from Mombasa at two years old. They had been transported in a large portable den on the Union Castle Liner 'Gascon' and then taken to Norwich by train, from whence they were conveyed to Colney in a farm wagon. The lions were allowed to roam the grounds at will and one of them, presumably playfully and without realising its strength, pounced on Lt Barclay, who fell to the ground with the lion on top of him.

Lt Barclay was carried into the house on a wooden hurdle but was found not to be badly hurt. Blood poisoning, however, set in and he died on 27 December despite the efforts by a German specialist who had been summoned. Soon afterwards the lions were given to the Dublin zoo where they died of pneumonia, Fritzi in 1916, and Mitzi a year later.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 6 September, 2016   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 6 September, 2016
Geographical Context
Burial ground, Crematorium 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1805 0795 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:37.5295N 1:13.2142E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 1806 0797
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South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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