The Rectory, Congresbury, North Somerset
Two stone heads for the price of one.
The Rectory was built in the late 15th century, and features many carved stone heads as ‘stops’ to the arched windows.
I can’t find any detailed descriptions of the heads, but these two remind me very much of Edward III and, presumably, his wife Philippa of Hainault.
Edward died in 1377 after a reign of fifty years, but is it likely that he would be commemorated on a Somerset building a century later?
The way through the woods … to Blaise Castle, Henbury, Bristol
Cottage, Blaise Hamlet, Henbury, Bristol
One of the cottages built for workers near Blaise Castle House in the early 19th century in the spirit of the picturesque.
Yes, it’s blurry, but it’s got heart…
A hammerhead shark made from objets trouvés swims menacingly past the window of second-hand shop Happytat, Stokes Croft, Bristol. It is accompanied by a swordfish characterised by a hedge-trimmer and, appropriately, a fish-slice.
In an equal display of exuberance a rhino and a bull on wheels adorn the shop’s interior, as seen below. Continue reading
Redundant arched gateway, Congresbury, Somerset
Great Court roof, British Museum, London
Yes, it’s been done before but I love the beautiful manner in which the roof spanning the Great Court has been conceived and executed, with the former Reading Room retained in its central position. Continue reading