A few weeks ago I blogged about the astronomical/astrological figures on the clock tower of Cardiff Castle. Just in front of the castle, on the wall which runs along the Southern end of Bute Park, are some wonderful stone carvings of animals. They were designed by William Burgess, who designed most of the rebuilt Cardiff Castle under the direction of the 3rd Marquess of Bute in the latter part of the 1800s. William Burgess also designed Castell Coch, about which I will blog in the future.
I remember seeing these as a child when we would visit Cardiff, they are opposite the Angel Hotel which used to be where the Welsh rugby players gathered prior to international matches in the 1970s, and where I would hang around trying to get autographs of my rugby heroes.
As a child, because I was so much shorter than them, they really made an impression on me. As they do my children. There are 11 carvings in all, here is a gallery of them. The animals were restored in 2010, the last picture shows the change in one of the animals before and after restoration.