For my first post looking at Grotesques, please read Gargoyles and Grotesques.
Dunstable Priory, Bedfordshire
St Mary’s, Keysoe, Bedfordshire
(May have been a gargoyle at some point)
St Mary’s, Shrewsbury
I have always loved and been inspired by church architecture, and one feature of churches that I love above all others are grotesques.
Grotesques are stone carvings, often strange, distorted or fantastical in appearance. Their purpose was said to be twofold: to protect a building by frightening away evil spirits and to serve as a reminder to parishioners of the ever-present danger of falling into evil.
Gargoyles are a form of grotesque, the difference that separates them is that a gargoyle will have a water spout coming out of its mouth in order to direct water away from the sides of a building, where over time it will cause damage.