Naworth Castle’s historic carved beasts are to make a welcome return to Cumbria – thanks to the Carlisle News & Star.
The figures were sold to the Victoria and Albert Museum last year and are to be temporarily displayed at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.
Robin Burgess, chief executive of CN Group Ltd, which owns the News & Star and sister paper The Cumberland News, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the return, albeit temporarily, of these spectacular carved heraldic figures.”
The wooden beasts were put on the market last year but failed to sell at auction and were sold to the museum for £420,000.
The red bull, black gryphon, white ram and crowned salmon stood in the main hall of the castle for generations. They had to be sold to secure the future of the castle, which is now a conference and wedding centre.
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