Barbados’s Gun Hill: hear me roar

A stalwart limestone lion guards Barbados’s Gun Hill

The lion of Gun Hill. Photograph by Mike Toy

Barbados used to be called “Little England”, and a curious relic of that past still rears its maned head on the slope of Gun Hill, former site of a signal station and military barracks. Carved by a British soldier from a solid block of limestone in 1868, the lion of Gun Hill is now protected from the elements by a thick coat of white paint, and preserved for posterity by the Barbados National Trust