White Lion of Lewes

£95.00 / Sold Out

A tribute to the white lion of Westgate in Lewes, the county town of East Sussex.

This lion is known and loved by locals, and now he can be in your home!

He is slab-built of earthenware clay and decorated with a transfer print and hand painted gold lustre.

He stands on a raised base marked 'Lewes', and has the explanation of his origin on the reverse

The inspiration is a pub sign lion made in the C19 by Larwill of Lewes, a tinplate worker.

The original is now on display in the Town Hall, and a replica hangs where the pub once stood.

The white lion was the emblem of Simon de Montfort, victor of the Battle of Lewes of 1264.

This lead to the first Parliament to include a House of Commons, a small step towards democracy.

16cm high, 17cm wide, 5cm deep