The Rose And Poppy Gates

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Reference WMO259413


Twickenham Stadium

Whitton Road




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Gate
  • Metal Brass
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • 20th Century Wars
  • 21st Century Wars
About the memorial: The memorial gates were unveiled in April 2016, inspired by the 1914 team, but commemorating rugby players who have served and died in all wars. The design shows roses, representing the players, ascending the gates and transforming into poppies, representing soldiers. The plain poppies at the top are made from actual shell casings fired in the Great War. The surrounding pavement slabs have an inset poppy design. The pre-existing gate posts are the Rowland Hill Memorial Gates, unveiled in honour of RFU secretary Sir George Rowland Hill in 1929, then in a slightly different location facing Whitton Road. The central stone Lion was originally from one of the gates of the Lion Brewery in Lambeth. This was given to the RFU in 1970, and painted gold in 1991. The gates were moved to their current location in 1995, and the bronze statues 'The Kicker, The Winger, The Scrum-Half and The Forward' by Gerald Laing were added the same year. The whole site is generally known as the West Gate, or Lion Gate.
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[left plaque] The Rose And Poppy Gates / Harry Gray 2016 / The Rose And Poppy Gates are dedicated to the memory of all rugby players who have served and died in conflicts around the world. / On the gates, bronze roses - as worn by generations of English rugby internationals - gradually transform into poppies, symbolising the move from player to soldier. / There are 15 large roses on each gate, representing the rugby team. They are modelled on those worn by the Grand Slam-winning England team of 1914, who all volunteered to fight for their country. / The brass poppies at the top of the gates are formed from German shell-casings fired in action during the 1914-1918 war. / The gates were unveiled in April 2016, as part of the RFU's programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. [centre plaque] The / Rose & Poppy / Gates [right plaque] The Rose And Poppy / Gates / Harry Gray 2016

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