The Canterbury Bull

DISCOVER THE CANTERBURY BULL IN TANNERY FIELD

As its name suggests Tannery Field was once part of St. Mildred’s Tannery. The Tannery was owned by the Williamson family. They gave Tannery Field to the City in the 1930s, along with Tower House and Westgate Gardens. The Canterbury Bull was designed by sculptor Steven Portchmouth to remind us of the field’s industrial past. It was once covered in a foul smelling pile of waste products from the tannery and was known as ‘Slub Bank’. The tanning industry may be gone, but it’s not forgotten. When transforming the space into a wildflower meadow in 2014, Westgate Parks volunteers uncovered part of the Tannery rail track. The bull sculpture reminds us what the tannery produced: tanned animal hides, in other words leather. Tannery Bull

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