Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

The Mystery Goat Of Thames Ditton

St Nicholas church in Thames Ditton has a very spendid 12th century font. On the south facing side is this carving.


My first impression was that it's a rabbit or hare- possibly the folklorical hare in the moon, but wikipedia says it's a goat- and I suppose it is. But why a goat? And why is it upside down?

Here's what the church looks like from the outside. I love the weather-boarding on the tower.


And here's a view of the Thames, taken from the steps leading up to the private bridge that crosses to the private island. Yes, private. The bridge has a gate with a key pad on it.

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