Located at the southeastern tip of the Gardens, Lion Gate opened in around 1845. It comprises the original single wrought-iron gate supported by pillars of yellow London brick.
Did you know?
- Coade stone was sold commercially, primarily for monumental work between 1769 and 1833
- one of London’s best examples of a Coade statue is the carved lion that lies on the southern approach to Westminster Bridge
- it was one of three such creatures originally created for the old Red Lion brewery on the south bank of the River Thames
Across the top is a tablet of Portland stone on which sits a carved lion. The lion was commissioned by King George IV in 1821 and originally adorned the roof of a gate lodge on Kew Green.
The lion and its partner unicorn (which now resides above the Unicorn Gate staff entrance on Kew Road) were designed by Thomas Hardwicke, a pupil of Kew architect Sir William Chambers. Both are made of Coade stone a ceramic material that is highly resistant to pollution and weathering.
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Japanese Gateway at Kew Gardens
Victoria Gate, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew @ 4 April 2014
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