You can see Bermondsey’s dragon on display for the first time in decades this weekend

Admin (13 July, 2018) Culture

The golden dragon weather vane from the top of St James' Church will be on display for three days

23473The golden dragon weather vane is brought down from the top of St James' Church, in Bermondsey, for repair work (Sandra Price)

The golden dragon weather vane on top of St James’ Church in Bermondsey will be on show to the public for the first time in almost a century this weekend.

The eight-foot creature, which has been brought down to be repaired and regilded, is on display in the church in Thurland Road from tomorrow.

The golden dragon weather vane is brought down from the top of St James' Church, in Bermondsey, for repair work (Sandra Price)

The golden dragon weather vane is brought down from the top of St James’ Church, in Bermondsey, for repair work (Sandra Price)

The public will be able to view the weather vane from 11am to 1pm Saturday, 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday, and 10am to 2pm Tuesday, before it returns to its rightful place at the end of next week.

It is believed it is the first time it has been on show to the public since June 1925, according to Gary Jenkins, vicar of both St James’ and nearby St Anne’s.

The dragon pictured when it was brought down from the top of St James' in 1925

The dragon pictured when it was brought down from the top of St James’ in 1925

Repairs are also being carried out on the stonework of the tower and portico of the church and the clock face and bell are being repainted.

The repair work is being funded by a £232,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant, together with £57,000 from the Parochial Church Council of St James.

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