NZ2464 : Sculpted lion, Leazes Park

taken 3 years ago, near to Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

Sculpted lion, Leazes Park
Sculpted lion, Leazes Park
Leazes Park is the largest public park in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, located next to Newcastle United Football Club.† With a long history dating back to 1873, the park was in desperate need of refurbishment after over 100 years of public use.

In 2001 the Leazes Park Restoration Project were awarded £4.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Bid and Newcastle Council to restore the park to as close to the original design as possible.

The refurbishment was extensive and Haddonstone was approached to recreate the urns and statues that stood in the park during its first few decades.† This presented a challenge as only one surviving urn and a number of Victorian postcards were available to work from.† With such limited resources, our highly-skilled studio team produced small models (maquettes) to ensure the correct detailing and scale before embarking on producing full size models that were hand carved from scratch.† The team were then able to create the necessary moulds that were used to cast the significant designs.† All of the designs were produced using TecStone, our wet-cast limestone material, and in Bath colour.

Haddonstone also produced additional designs for the project which included a pair of imposing reclining lions weighing 1000kg each, six one metre tall classical urns with elaborate acanthus leaf decoration and a pair of elegant statues standing representing music and poetry.

The†Leazes Park Urn,†Music statue NZ2464 : Leazes Park (19) Music,†Poetry statue NZ2464 : Leazes Park (18) Poetry and the†Leazes Park Lion†can now be purchased from Haddonstone directly.
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The name, Leazes, refers to green pastures used for hay cropping, once part of an area of common land outside the old town wall, known as Castle Leazes. Building was allowed on part of the land from the C18th, including the football ground LinkExternal link

Leazes Park was created on part of the Leazes Town Moor and was officially opened in 1873.†It has a lake which was originally intended for ice-skating and boating. Itís stocked and fished by Leazes Park Angling Association.

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Geographical Context: Lowlands Paths Park and Public Gardens Primary Subject: Sculpture
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NZ2464, 2467 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Andrew Curtis   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Saturday, 27 November, 2021   (more nearby)
Monday, 29 November, 2021
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2407 6483 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.6501N 1:37.5284W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 24076 64837
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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