Famous landmark will keep on rocking

The rocking horse, part of the Grade 2 listed number 8 New Street in Lancaster.
The rocking horse, part of the Grade 2 listed number 8 New Street in Lancaster.
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The Rocking Horse mystery has been solved.

In last week’s Guardian we wondered what had happened to the iconic rocking horse of 8 New Street.

The landmark, which can usually be seen on the front of the former Rocking Horse toy shop, was removed for repairs several months ago.

But with the Grade II listed building now empty and up for let, residents were starting to wonder why restoration was taking so long.

We can reveal that the horse is actually on the premises, but repairs have not yet begun. A spokesman for Richard P Taylor, property firm and letting agents for the shop, said they had written to the owners, who are currently away, urging them to begin work. “It’s in need of a coat of paint and a hair cut, but it will need to go back,” he said.

The toy shop closed in 2006 and has since been a Greek restaurant, and most recently the Enchanted Kids’ Company.