Canine Leeds sculpture nicknamed ‘devil dog’ as old tale is lost

The bronze statue installed to replace a famous sculpture dedicated to a local legend destroyed by metal thieves.

The bronze statue installed to replace a famous sculpture dedicated to a local legend destroyed by metal thieves.

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A bronze statue that has replace a sculpture dedicated to a tale from Leeds folklore which was destroyed by metal thieves has been branded a “devil dog”.

According to south Leeds folklore the owners of St Bernards Mill, off Gelderd Road, Gildersome, were saved from a fire at the mill by a barking St Bernard dog that woke them one night around a century ago.

The mill was named after the dog and a white statue on the roof of the building marked the incident up until 2009, when lead thieves toppled the statue from the roof, leaving it damaged beyond repair.

 

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