The Animal Wall

One of the distinctive features of Cardiff Castle, and part of its 19th century redevelopment is the famous “animal wall”. First built in the late 19th century, with more animals added in the 1930s, this row of sculptures of animals (some more accurate than others) is something I remember from my dim and distant childhood. Given the years of pollution and general wear and tear, the wall needs regular care and attention, and was refurbished a couple of years ago – it seems the poor anteater has lost his nose a few times.

I took pictures of each of the animals today. As the conditions were poor, to say the least, not all of them are that successful, and I reserve the right to replace these with improved edits when I’m back in front of a larger screen. But for now, here they are: