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A Thaxted Gargoyle [Aug. 29th, 2019|08:17 pm]
Tony Grist
Simon Knott- the East Anglian churches man- reckons to visit 15 churches by bike on a good day; I've visited something like that many- by car- in three days- and I'm exhausted. I haven't sorted through my pictures yet, but here's one, chosen more or less at random. It shows one of the many gargoyles and other grotesques that adorn the exterior walls of St John's, Thaxted- one of the loveliest churches in England.

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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2019-08-30 12:36 pm (UTC)
Ha! Until I reached the last line of your post, I thought Thaxted was the past tense of the verb "to thax," and I was wondering what it meant.

Looks like your Thaxted gargoyle might have been retrofitted...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-08-30 06:16 pm (UTC)
Retrofitted? Yes, I think so too.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-08-30 02:00 pm (UTC)

And a fine gargoyle it is! But odd to have the spout so prominent!

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-08-30 06:17 pm (UTC)
I doubt the spout is original. I presume the person who fitted it wanted the water to fall well clear of the wall.
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[User Picture]From: inamellowmood
2019-08-30 08:21 pm (UTC)
The gargoyle is gorgeous, but the spout looks like a repurposed automobile tailpipe.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-08-31 07:37 am (UTC)
And so it does.

But for all I know this might be how it looked in the middle ages...
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[User Picture]From: inamellowmood
2019-08-31 10:39 pm (UTC)
That's a good point. IIRC there's evidence that at least some medieval gargoyles had long spouts, intended to direct the outflow to specific locations.
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