Lion Gate

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.

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Lion Gate at Kew Gardens

Lion Gate

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

Historical information

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.

1 comment on 'Lion Gate'

Jeff Dexter says

05/07/2013 1:15:54 PM | Report abuse

This is possibly an error of the Coade Stone Lions history. According the London Metropolitan Archives, the brewery was just 'The Lion Brewery'. I hope this helps.

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