Train station detail, Narberth, Pembrokeshire
A culvert between Llandilo and Llangolman, Pembrokeshire
This beautifully crafted structure, reminiscent of corbelled tombs, draws one of many streams south of the Preseli hills under a road between the two hamlets
Thatched cottage, Blaise hamlet, Henbury, Bristol
One of several early 19th-century model estate-worker cottages in Romantick rustic style
The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat’ning horn:
While the Lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.
William Blake The Lily
Pelican carving, Old Vicarage, Great Chesterford, Essex
This small wooden panel has a late 15th-century carving of a “pelican in her piety”, a suitable Christian symbol for the exterior of the timber-framed former vicarage next to the church. Passers-by can easily see this from the street or the adjacent churchyard.
It was popularly supposed that, because of the way the pelican fed its young with regurgitated food from its beak, it was removing flesh and blood from its breast to nourish them.
An added element of this grotesque notion is that it did this to revive its young which had been killed by a serpent. From this fiction grew the idea that the pelican somehow symbolised or even prefigured Jesus redeeming mankind by shedding his own blood and defeating the devil.
The rain came down, the streams rose,
and the winds blew and beat
against that house built on sand,
and it fell with a great crash Continue reading “Building 12: built on sand”