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1972: Lifesize dinosaur replica to be built in Cuckfield ... not!

Updated: Jun 29, 2022

Sunday Mirror - Sunday 03 September 1972

Monster Statue

A LIFESIZE replica of a 16ft.-high prehistoric lizard. the Iguanodon, is to be built at Cuckfield, Sussex, to commemorate the discovery of the remains of one of the monsters 150 years ago.

Diagram to show Iguanadon dimensions (thanks to Prehistoric for the image)

The statue was never built, partly due to concerns about the likelihood of it being defaced. However, a memorial to Gideon Mantell's historic discovery stands in Whiteman's Green near the exact spot where it was found; there is a 'miniature' iguanodon statue in the play area of the recreation ground...


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