Gate finial with mer children surmounted by gilded crown

Designer: Charles Crookes (works manager)

Maker: Coalbrookdale Company, Shropshire

Cast iron

On gates at the south end of West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens


This is one of six matching finials on elaborate Grade II listed gates, originally made by this famous company for the Great Exhibition. The gates were moved to their current location in 1871, marking a fittingly splendid approach to the Albert Memorial. At either end there are Portland stone piers with urn finials.

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