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Lion on E side of the N entrance to Britannia Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, Isle of Anglesey

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2179 / 53°13'4"N

Longitude: -4.1882 / 4°11'17"W

OS Eastings: 253992

OS Northings: 371219

OS Grid: SH539712

Mapcode National: GBR 5M.192N

Mapcode Global: WH546.MCTX

Entry Name: Lion on E side of the N entrance to Britannia Bridge

Listing Date: 20 April 1998

Last Amended: 20 April 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19673

Building Class: Commemorative

Location: The lion is mounted high above the original rail approach to the bridge.

County: Isle of Anglesey

Community: Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll

Locality: Britannia Bridge

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History

One of four, one pair located on the mainland and one on the Anglesey side, flanking each entrance to the bridge. Designed by the Victorian sculptor John Thomas, who designed carvings for the new Houses of Parliament (1835-52), and erected prior to the opening of the bridge in 1850. Each lion cost £1,024.

Exterior

Large sculpture of a lion couchant, 25ft 6in (7.77m)long and 12ft 8in (3.86m)high; carved in a bold Egyptian style and built from 11 pieces of Penmon limestone. Facing S, the lion surmounts an ashlar limestone plinth which in turn surmounts a plinth of rock-faced sandstone.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an important element in the design of the bridge, one of four, a pair with the lion on the W side of the N entrance and of group value with the bridge.

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