Sunday, 30 August 2015
Grotesques at St Mary's
The East end of St Mary's church is the oldest part of the building and dates from the early 1300s. It was built of sandstone and still supports the original oak roof timbers on walls 1.5 metres thick. The stonework around the windows end in grotesques.
This one is on the left hand side of the easternmost window and there is a similar one on the right.
A Grotesque is simply the carving of a face (or body and face) of an animal or creature on the side of a building. Ones that incorporate drainage spouts are termed gargoyles. Gargoyles are therefore a sub-division of Grotesques.
This one is in the middle of the window.
A contribution to Inspired Sundays.