National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Animal Wall


Type Sculpture

     Realistic carved animals on alternate mullions of castle wall. Animals include hyena, bear and monkeys which appear to be escaping over the wall.
     The wall was first erected in 1887-8 to the designs of William Burges inspired by the 13th century drawings of Villard de Honnecourt. Thomas Nicholls, assisted by his son and W. Antill, modelled nine animals. The wall was originally further east in Castle Street. Moved to its present location in 1930 when it was supplemented with six more animals by Alexander Carrick of Edinburgh.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Nicholls, Thomas Sculptor
Carrick, Alexander Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
None Stone None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • Other
  • Broken, missing parts
  • None
Road Castle Street
Precise location On park wall between south-west angle of Cardiff Castle and West Lodge
A-Z ref None
OS ref ST178764
Date of design 1887 - 1888, 1930 - 1931
Year of unveiling 1888, 1931
Unveiling details 1888, 1931
Commissioned by Lord Bute / William Burges
Duty of care Cardiff County Council
Listing status I
At risk? No known risk

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