The Rugby Union Lion, Twickenham

The Rugby Union Lion

William Frederick Woodington (1806-1893)


Coade stone

Approx. 120 (h) x 150cm (w)

Twickenham Rugby Football Ground, Twickenham

An inscription on a bronze plaque gives the history of this magnificent gilded lion, explaining that it was made of Coade stone, like the bigger one of Woodington's that stands on Westminster Bridge, and stood in front of the Lion Brewery in Lambeth from 1837 until the site was cleared for the Royal Festival Hall in 1948. Like the Westminster Bridge version, it was preserved "at the express wish of King George IV." [Commentary continues below.]

  • Setting: the whole gate
  • The larger lion on Westminster Bridge
  • Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee, 2013.

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