The Unicorn Gate of Kew Gardens

From Historic England entry:

“Late C18 or early C19 figure. Piers perhaps later. A single entrance rusticated Portland stone gateway with segmental arched head and mutule cornice hood bearing a figure facing south, of an unicorn couchant, chained with open crown collar. Figure whitewashed but probably terracotta, as lion is. Possibly once adorned a single gateway with the lion of Lion Gate.”

From: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: World Heritage Site nomination document:

“The Unicorn Gate marks the original public entrance to the Pleasure Gardens, when these and the Botanic Gardens were still essentially separate institutions. The Unicorn statue that sits above the gate originally came from the top of a lodge associated with the main entrance to the site, which at that time stood on Kew Green northeast of the current Main Gates. The Unicorn Gate has been a staff entrance since the 1880s, but is currently not in use.”

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