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The St. Leonard's Forest Dragon

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
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Location

Street:Horsham Park, North Street
Town:Horsham
Parish:Horsham
Council:Horsham District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:RH12
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Object setting:Public Park
Access is:Public
Location note:In the centre of the Horsham in Bloom Millennium Maze
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:25
Grid reference:N9
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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Makers

Name : Hannah Holmes

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General Information

Commissioned by: Horsham in Bloom
Commissioned also by: Ballast plc South East & Royal Sun Alliance
Construction period:2000
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Horsham in Bloom
Object listing:Not listed
Description:A bronze sculpture of a seated dragon with wings folded, sat upon a large natural rock. The sculpture stands in the centre of a child's maze in an enclosed garden in the park.
Iconographical description:Local legend says that St. Leonard fought with a dragon in the nearby St. Leonard's Forest..
Signatures:At the bottom of the wing:
Hannah Holmes 2000
Inscription:Carved into a stone plaque set into the floor in front of the sculpture:

Horsham in Bloom
THE
ST. LEONARD'S FOREST
DRAGON
by
Hannah Holmes
sponsored by
BALLAST plc SOUTH EAST
and
ROYAL & SUNALLIANCE
May 2001

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural, Free Standing, Animal
Object type1:Sculpture
Subject type1:Mythological
     Subject subtype1:Seated
Subject type2:Figurative

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Object Parts

Part 1:Sculpture
     Material:Bronze
     Height (cm):120
     Width (cm):115
     Depth (cm):90

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:11/09/2007

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History

History:'Horsham in Bloom wanted the Millennium Maze to be a lasting tribute to mark the move into a new Millennium. The Committee was keen to have a local theme. The maze incorporates the myths and legends that are well known in the Horsham Area. For example, St Leonard's Forest lies on the northern outskirts of the town and for generations people have believed that it was home to a dragon. The stories about the dragon brought St. Leonard to the forest where he confronted the beast. In the fight blood was spilt, and where the blood fell patches of lilies of the Valley sprang up. Today visitors to the forest will still see these ancient markers blooming every year.'
(http://www.horshaminbloom.org.uk/pages/m/m1/m1.html)

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Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons




Author: Anthony McIntosh
Copyright: Creative Commons

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