Public Art Research Archive, Sheffield Hallam University

John Hodge
pair of lions, 1932
Ettingshall, Wolverhampton (originally in City Hall, Sheffield)
Hoptonwood stone

Originally in Sheffield City Hall, removed from the city in 1962. Acquired for John Hadfield House, Matlock, Derbyshire for the offices of Tarmac Roadstone. They were built into the front steps of the entrance to this building. The site was sold in 1997 and the lions have moved again to Tarmac Heavy Building Materials UK Ltd., Ettingshall, Wolverhampton.

Growling lions stand guard at the broad steps of the company's offices.

Originally built to stand at either side of the stage of the City Hall, Sheffield.

A story attached to the pair is that Sir Thomas Beecham was responsible for their removal. The lions, which were ornaments for the stage, distracted him when conducting. They are about 4 feet high and are said to weigh 2.5 tons each.

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