Learn about ‘Amazing London Animals’ at Sidmouth event

Dancing horses and lions will appear at Kennaway House on Tuesday (February 7) - as statues tracked down in London by Sarah Obermuller-Bennett.

“This is a chance to take a walk on the wild side,” said Sarah. “London abounds in statues and memorials to animals, all with fascinating histories. There are links with Devon, too. It was Devon-born Mrs Eleanor Coade in Georgian times who pioneered a new material that could replace expensive stone for statues. And what connects a celebrated biscuit-maker with the camels of Eastcheap?”

What are the stories behind this array?

“If you’ve ever been to a pub called The Swan with Two Necks and wondered about the name, noticed a golden grasshopper on the Royal Exchange, or seen the horses dance above a fountain in Piccadilly Circus, I can let you in on their secrets, and many more besides,” said Sarah.

Her talk, Amazing London Animals, is part of the fortnightly series Travelling into History.

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Stand by for more alarming animals in Roman Amphitheatres – what and why? on February 21.

Talks start at 2.30pm. Tickets (£7) are available on the door from 2pm.

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