The Post Horn Man Statue In The River Wylye At Wylye

Tuesday 2nd October 2016:

The record of Listed Buildings refers to the statue of the post boy, in the river at Wylye, as "The Wylye Hornblower." Grade II listed, its location is given as "north of Mill House." The notes read: "Statue. Probably C18. Lead sculpture, about life-size, depicting a young male, almost nude, figure blowing a horn and draped and festooned around the waist; representing the Horn of Plenty. It stands on a rock on a small island in the River Wylye. The left knee is supported on a later metal bar and the statue is said to have been re-set on the rock base in living memory. Reputedly it was installed in the late C18 by the Earl of Pembroke to commemorate the post horn man, who was drowned saving one of the Earl's relatives from drowning when a coach overturned at the old ford over the River Wylye when it was in flood. Also, it is said to be of Roman origin and collected by the Earl of Pembroke on his Grand Tour of Europe, but it would seem to be of C18, possibly Italian, origin. SOURCE: Buildings of England, page 601."