Green Discovery Trail: Wenlock and Mandeville

This is the last post in our series about the Olympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, that have been placed around London as part of the new Discovery Trails that have been unveiled to guide locals and tourists around London for the Olympics.

Here are some fun facts and information about the most interesting mascots on the Green Trail. The Green Trail takes you through one of the world’s most famous green spaces, Regents Park.


Sherlock WenlockSherlock Wenlock:

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A London-based “consulting detective” whose abilities border on the fantastic, Holmes is famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise, and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases. From 1881, Holmes was described as having lodgings at 221B, Baker Street, London, from where he runs his consulting detective service. 221B is an apartment up 17 steps, stated in an early manuscript to be at the “upper end” of the road.


Rose Garden MandevilleRose Garden Mandeville:

Queen Mary’s Gardens is located inside the Inner Circle of Regents Park and was created in the 1930s, bringing that part of the park into use by the general public for the first time. The site had originally been used as a plant nursery and had later been leased to the Royal Botanic Society. There are still some of the original pear trees in the gardens which supplied fruit to the London Market in the early 1800s. But Queen Mary’s Gardens is maybe most Famous for its beautiful rose gardens with almost every rose in existence and the beautiful Triton Fountain. Within the gardens stands Mary Queen of Scots House, a museum and visitor centre, refurbished in 1987 – the 400th anniversary of the death of Mary Stuart, which tells the story of the life of the tragic queen


Midsummer Night's Dream WenlockMidsummer Night’s Dream Wenlock:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play by William Shakespeare. Believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596, it portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.



Animal WenlockAnimal Wenlock:

London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. It was opened in London on 27 April 1828, and was originally intended to be used as a collection for scientific study. It was eventually opened to the public in 1847. Today it houses a collection of 755 species of animals, with 16,802 individuals, making it one of the largest collections in the United Kingdom. As well as being the first scientific zoo, ZSL London Zoo also opened the first Reptile house (1849), first public Aquarium (1853), first insect house (1881) and the first children’s zoo (1938).