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Poseidon (Ποσειδῶν) in Greek, or Neptunus, in Roman mythology
god of water and the sea
(Wikipedia: Poseidon and Neptune)
Attributed to
John van Nost the Elder & Andries Carpentière

Durham /  Neptune   Durham /  Neptune


Lead statue of Neptune, possibly by Van Nost or Andrew Carpenter.


This statue was given to the City in 1729
by George Bowes M.P. of Gibside and Streatlam
as a symbol ofthe scheme to link Durham to the sea
by improved navigation of the River Wear.
It stood on top of the Market Place wellheads until 1923.
when it was moved to Wharton Park.
It was restored in 1986 following an appeal
initiated by the City of Durham Trust
This statue was restored to its traditional home
in the Market Place by the
City of Durham Council on 16TH May, 1991.
It was unveiled by
The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Durham,
Councillor W.H. Hartwell.
Present were many of the individuals and
representatives of local and national orgaisations
who had generously supported
the restoration appeal and the resiting.


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Locatie (N 54°46'37" - W 1°34'31") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: gbne014; Photograph: 30 July 2019
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