Haddonstone Ltd

Haddonstone Ltd

The Forge House, East Haddon,, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England, NN6 8DB

  • T: 01604 770711

Leazes Park, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

  • Location: Leazes Park
Leazes Park in Newcastle upon Tyne is the largest public park in the city and is located next to Newcastle United Football Club. With a long history dating back to 1873, the park was in desperate need of refurbishment after over 100 years of use for public recreation.

In 2001 the Leazes Park Restoration Project, supported by the Friends of Leazes Park, were awarded £4.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Bid and Newcastle Council to restore the park.

The refurbishment was extensive and Haddonstone were approached to recreate the urns and statues that stood in the park during its first few decades. This was a challenge for Haddonstone’s craftsmen as only one surviving urn and a number of Victorian postcards were available to work from!

Starting from such limited resources, Haddonstone had to carve models from scratch. After producing the models, moulds were made before the statues and urns were cast for the park. Haddonstone’s craftsmen created a pair of imposing reclining lions weighing 1000kg each. Like all the designs, the lions were subsequently added into the Haddonstone standard collection.

Haddonstone also produced; six classical urns nearly one metre tall with elaborate acanthus leaf decoration, a pair of elegant statues representing music and poetry standing just under two metres tall and an exquisite pair of left and right handed eagles. To find out more about Haddonstone visit the website www.haddonstone.com