Following on from yesterday’s post “Lions and tigers and bears“, here are the six animal sculptures which were added to the Cardiff Castle Animal Wall in 1831; a pair of racoons, an ant-eater and a pelican, a leopard, a beaver and a vulture. The new animals were sculptured by Alexander Carrick and don’t have the glass eyes like the original nine, if you compare them you can pick out the two different sets, I think my favourite would have to be the racoons.
You can see the ant-eater has a slightly different coloured nose, there’s been a recent restoration program on the animals and the ant-eater benifited from this with his new nose. If you look again at yesterday’s animals you can see a few lighter bits here and there on those too.
Poking around a bit more online, (I just googled “Cardiff Castle Animal Wall” and got loads of results to look at), I found out that there were plans to demolish the wall to widen the road again but the plans were dropped after so many objections by the public. I also found out that the wall is listed as a Grade 1 building.
More from before : various visits to “Cardiff” .