Cape Town on Foot: Castle to Slave Lodge
Behind the Old Slave Lodge
Well done, you made it to the other side!
Stop here for a moment. On your right should be Parliament Street. And on the other side of the street is the back of the former Slave Lodge. Take a look up at the pediment above the back entrance. An amazing sculpture meets the eye!
This cheeky caricature of the “British Lion” is in the Coat of Arms of the ‘Order of the Garter’ and was created by Anton Anreith. The unicorn appears somewhat upset as it looks down in disbelief on a totally exhausted lion, his clawless paws and jowls hanging listlessly over the cornice, symbolizing a worn-out Britain after the Napoleonic Wars. It must be quite unique in the world!
You can now start walking up Parliament Street, with the Slave Lodge on your right, towards the iron gates ahead.