The City Hall Lions
written by: Karl Minns
animated by: The Nimmo Twins
"Everyone knows them! Unlike a historical figure, there was no biography or personality to recreate. So, I had fun imagining what they'd seen and what it's like to be a brass lion out in all weathers, watching the people of Norwich go about their days. ”
Artist: Alfred Hardiman
Set on stone pillars and flanking the entrance to Norwich’s celebrated City Hall, these heraldic lions have looked over Norwich since the building was opened in 1938. Made of bronze, each lion stands proudly roaring and with a raised paw and a fine mane. Lions are also on the city crest having been granted to the city by Edward III.
For more examples of Alfred Hardiman’s sculpture and for the Art Deco architectural style for which the building is renowned, The Tourist Information Centre at the Forum organises tours of City Hall and its clock tower which offers fantastic views across the city.
For info on guided tours of Norwich please go to VisitNorwich’s listings here:
Or pop into the Tourist Information Office at the Forum where you can pick up leaflets about a variety of activities across the city.