Video and pix: This is why a giant cow came to York

The sculpture of the Craven Heifer with Great Yorkshire Show director Charles Mills. Photographs: Charlotte Graham

This hefty heifer arrived in York after a journey on its own personalised cattle truck.

The giant sculpture arrived at the Imphal Barracks in Fulford after a 50-mile road trip.

It is a recreation of the Craven Heifer, a giant cow which lived at the Bolton Abbey Estate and caused quite a stir in the 1800s.

To this day, this beast is the largest heifer ever shown in England.

She was recreated out of steel by Whitby sculptor Emma Stothard to celebrate the 160th Great Yorkshire Show this July.

Unveiled at Bolton Abbey, the work was then transported 50 miles to the York barracks, close to where the very first Great Yorkshire Show was held in the Barrack Yard of the 5th Dragoons in 1838.

The sculpture is 6ft tall and weighs more than half a tonne, and will appear at the Great Yorkshire Show between July 10-12.

Sculptor Emma Stothard adds the finishing touches with spray paint
York school children welcome the giant cow at Imphal Barracks
The Army and the heifer in front of the original Coat of Arms of the 5th Dragoon Guards, the only historic remains of the Barrack Yard
On the road to York

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