The mermaid Miranda of Dartmouth was inspired by the 1948 film “Miranda“, in which British actress Glynis Johns played the role of the mermaid Miranda. It is located on a private residence by the Dart Estuary, near Dartmouth Castle on the west bank of the River Dart.
The life-size mermaid statue is known as Miranda, Mermaid of Dartmouth. She sits on a rocky outcrop near the river waterline, and is often half submerged during high tide. High tide is often more than 4 meters (13 feet) higher than low tide, so the currents also get strong here.
Elisabeth Hadley sculpted Miranda in bronze in 2005 as a privately commissioned art piece, and had her installed in 2006 in the current location on a beautiful property with tiered gardens leading down to the river. You can easily see Miranda from the river and from the turrets of Dartmouth Castle, which is only about 150 meters away.
I was fortunate in being able to contact the owner, who graciously provided more photos and information. While Miranda is a privately owned art piece, she is very visible to the public and well known in the area, and is a bit of a destination in her own right.
There are many more photos and additional information on this sculpture on the page dedicated to Miranda, Mermaid of Dartmouth.
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