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I love gargoyles and York Minster has a fine collection so I took some photo’s of them. When I researched what gargoyles are all about on Wiki, I found that really they are just a form of plumbing!  “a gargoyle is a carved or formed grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building, thereby preventing rainwater from running down masonry walls and eroding the mortar between. Architects often used multiple gargoyles on buildings to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from a rainstorm. A trough is cut in the back of the gargoyle and rainwater typically exits through the open mouth. Gargoyles are usually an elongated fantastic animal because the length of the gargoyle determines how far water is thrown from the wall.” Also they were viewed in two ways by the church throughout history. The primary use was to convey the concept of evil through the form of the gargoyle, which was especially useful in sending a stark message to the common people, most of whom were illiterate. Gargoyles also are said to scare evil spirits away from the church, this reassured congregants that evil was kept outside of the church’s walls.


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16 comments on “The York Report 8 ~gargoyles and carvings.

  1. kmSalvatore says:

    well thanks for that info, i love them as well, and i never knew that. they fascinate the heck outta me. and these are some real beauts !!! awesome job Fraggy

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  2. kmSalvatore says:

    i cant get enough of these Fraggy

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  3. MarySmyth says:

    I adore gargoyles too. You captured some pretty splendid examples! I love being able to scroll through them.

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  4. Fascinating. Great shots of stunning craftsmanship. Smiles. Reinhold

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    1. thanks Reinhold 🙂

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  5. Francis.R. says:

    Rocking new page design kind lady 😉 And amazing photographs, Gothic style is one of my favourites, the high-tech about structures with stone and rock.

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    1. Me too, gothic architecture sings to my soul, also can’t help thinking of Batman. 😄

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  6. Tony Single says:

    Oh WOW. This new layout is brilliant! Clicking through your photos was a breeze, Fraggle. (The photos, as always, were great too, I hasten to add!) 😛

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    1. Thanks Tony I like it too 🙂

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  7. melissajane14 says:

    That’s amazing! I never knew that gargoyles were a part of the drainage system. What a spooky way to handle run-off. Thanks for sharing the photos with the great detail 🙂

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    1. Cheers Melissa, loved your post re the naked man and bad dogs 🙂 I think we’re all amazed that gargoyles are plumbing devices!

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  8. OOooo I love gargoyles too…thanks this is a treat 🙂

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    1. Thanks, they are compelling creatures!

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