The Sneinton DragonOctober 10, 2008 at 7:54 pm | Posted in Oddities and Oddments | 9 Comments
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The Sneinton Dragon stands at the junction of Manvers Street and Sneinton Hermitage in Nottingham. It was unveiled on 21 November 2006
Made from stainless steel it is 7 feet tall and its wingspan is 15 feet.
Local craftsman Robert Stubley spent 3 month sculpting the piece after residents of Sneinton were asked by the Renewal Trust what they would like to see as a piece of public art to represent their area.
The Original Sneinton Dragon
In 1914 Robert Mellors wrote about Sneinton:
For more than half a century there has existed in certain parts of Nottingham a monster who has devoured in the first year of their lives a large number of infants, and, what is worse, probably an equal number who have survived have dragged out a pitiable existence in weakness, small in stature, deformed, or anaemic, with diseases, lack of energy, unable to maintain themselves, and therefore dependent on others or the public charge; and, worse still, some have had a natural tendency to vice or crime.
Who is this monster, and what is his name ? His name is SLUM.
It was not until the 1930s that the slums of Sneinton were cleared to be replaced by new housing and the wholesale market