The original Neptune statue was placed in the Serpentine Lake in June 1758 by John Burdon, it was in position until around 1945 when it disappeared. Photos show it to be the same design as the 1729 Neptune in Durham Market Square which was sculpted by Andrew Carpenter.
This replacement sculpted by Keith Maddison was unveiled by John Grundy on 14th June 2007
The Bono Retiro dates from the 1750s like all the other buildings in the park, it has recently been consolidated to prevent further damage.
Much more existed relatively recently as this 1956 photo shows, a full model can be seen here.
This curious metal frame was actually part of a miniature railway that ran in the park.
The track was raised up on concrete blocks, to allow your legs to dangle over the side, many of these are still in place.
I don’t know the closure date of this, but I’ve only been able to find a single photo of it in action in the 60s on the Communigate website, but there must be other family snaps out there somewhere.
This photo clearly shows the remaining frame which must have served to winch the train off the tracks and into the storage hut, its a real shame interesting things like this have been lost.
A 150ft Olympic themed scarf has appeared on the railing of Saltburn pier, the amount of time and effort required must have been huge but the creators remain anonymous at this time.
UPDATE : As of mid-June the knitting has been removed by its creators.
UPDATE : The knitting was returned, repaired and enhanced in time for the Olympics.