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The grotesque forms on Gothic buildings, when not used as drain-spouts, should not be called gargoyles, but rather referred to simply as grotesques, or chimeras.

In architecture, a gargoyle is a carved stone grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building. Preventing rainwater from running down masonry walls is important because running water erodes the mortar between the stone blocks.

This is a new one at Lichfield Cathedral,UK

Halloween – Sculpture Group


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  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesalmost 3 years ago

    Like the style , he will look better with age , bit like us LOL:-)

  • It’s interesting to wonder what these huge Gothic buildings were like when they were first built, although there was never a stage when It was all new because they took donkeys years to build. By the time the last stone was laid the first ones were over a hundred years old.

    – Yampimon

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesalmost 3 years ago

    Hmm interesting point! Can you imagine waiting that long to get something built today!!

  • The nearest we can get in modern times is Liverpool Anglican Cathedral where the foundation stone was laid in 1904 and the build signed off, as finished, in 1978, that’s 78 years. Nobody who worked on it when it was started saw it completed.
    As an interesting aside, the person who was appointed to oversee the architectural design of the building was one of my distant relatives.

    – Yampimon

  • Wendy-Wilton
    Wendy-Wiltonalmost 3 years ago

    Handsome little critter, great shot and interesting detail

  • biddumy
    biddumyalmost 3 years ago

    please disregard the previous banner, I really don’t know why it happened LOL

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