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The Lion Bridge

The Percy Lion (1773)
Sculptor: John Knowles

Location: The Lion Bridge, Alnwick. Materials: Cast Lead on a Sandstone Plinth.

The Percy Lion was commissioned by the 1st Duke of Northumberland and stands on the east parapet of the Lion Bridge. The bridge replaces an earlier one destroyed in a flood in 1770, its design is in the 18thC. Gothic 'castle style' and is said to be by Robert Adam's older brother John, although this attribution has been questioned. In the late 1980's the statue of the lion was knocked into the river by a fairground wagon crossing the bridge.

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