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

Guy and the Boar

Summary

Type Statue

     Set in a square paved area in front of a group of trees. On a square concrete base is a projecting stone built pedestal supporting the cast concrete sculpture. It shows the figure of a man, naked, holding a spear in his right hand and the tusks of the boar in his left hand. Guy is shown as an elongated, gaunt figure having a simplified face with little characterisation except for deep set eyes and a furrowed brow. There is little definition of the musculature except the upper torso on which the muscles have been defined in a precise, almost mechanical manner. Whilst the majority of the figure has a textured surface, revealing the tool marks, the head and torso are smooth and finished. In contrast, the figure of the boar, whilst also elongated appears quite naturalistic in its detailing.
     This sculpture was presented to the town of Warwick by Mr W. H. Lewis, managing director of Lewis and Watters, the estate building contractors. Some controversy was caused by the statue, and the town councillors had a debate over whether to accept the gift.
     Guy of Warwick was son of the steward to the Earl of Warwick. When he was 16 he fell in love with the Earl's only daughter Felice, due to his low birth she stated that she would only marry him if he could prove his valour. Guy set out for Europe, killing the Dun Cow which was ravaging Dunsmore Heath, and slew a boar at Slough. On reaching Europe he fought the Saracens at Constantinople, on his return to England he killed a dragon for Aethelstan at York. These deeds convinced Felice of his bravery and she consented to marry him. On the death of the Earl of Warwick shortly after their marriage he inherited the Earldom. Guy, his conscience troubled by the blood he had spilled, left Felice to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. On this journey he found Aethelstan besieged at Winchester by the Danes, a duel to decide the outcome was arranged between Guy and Colbrand the Danish Champion. On his return to Warwick he led the life of an ascetic hermit in a cave at Gibbeclyve, now the village of Guy's Cliffe. Felice ignorant of his return, only found him on his death bed. Shortly after his death Felice jumped from Guy's Cliffe into the Avon, the place is now known as Guy's Leap. Their son Remburn survived them to carry on the family line.

Inscriptions

(A plaque bears the town of Warwick's coat of arms, commemorates the unveiling by the mayor, and tells the legend of Sir Guy.) This is now missing.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Godwin, Keith Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Concrete and metal 210cm high x 70cm wide x 58cm deep
Base Concrete 25cm high x 68cm wide x 57cm deep
Pedestal Stone and mortar 53cm high x 81cm wide x 68cm deep

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WAwaWAxx001 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
  • Replaced parts
  • Cracks, splits, breaks, holes
Vandalism
  • Surface damage
Road Coventry Road
Precise location On traffic island at junction with Guy's Cross Park Road
A-Z ref None
OS ref SP288658
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1964
Unveiling details July 1964
Commissioned by Annol Development Company Ltd
Duty of care Warwick Town Council
Listing status Don't know
At risk? Not at risk

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