Gargoyles were originally designed in 13th century French architecture as a means of disposing of water. Think of them as the precursor to the gutter. Typically, a trough was cut into the back of the gargoyle and the rainwater was able to run off of the roof and through the gargoyle’s mouth.

And that’s the story I’m sticking to in showing all the gargoyles I took photos of while we were in England in September of 2022. This will be a photo heavy post.

If you would like to read more about gargoyles and grotesques in Oxford click here. You’ll see what I missed and what I’ll keep a lookout for Lord willing we ever are able to return to Oxford.

Back to the present in Colville at our Country Bungalow. It’s been raining and the temps are above freezing. Things are getting very soggy around here. We’ll call this the drip and puddle season that will soon turn to the mud season before we see the green of Spring. Dear is driving again and we managed to snow shovel the way for our truck to get out of the shop and on to the dump to make our winter dump run. Romantic, isn’t it? We did stop for lunch on the way home from the dump so that’s a thing. 🙂 Happy New week to you.

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

14 thoughts on “Gargoyles

  1. So good to hear that your hubby is driving again! The dump and lunch out sound fine to me! 🙂

    You saw so many gargoyles! Am I the only one who finds them creepy? 😲😂

    • No, many of them are pretty creepy. Maybe that’s where the grotesque label came into play. All you have to do is look up to see gargoyles on many of the old buildings.

  2. Interesting post, Ellen. I’m curious about the gargoyles that have human faces. I’m guessing they have some historical significance to the buildings. In a strange way I find them creepier than the other gargoyles, which I see as more traditional figures.

    • Hi Nancy, other than being used for gutters, I wonder if sculptors just had fun with creating the different images. They are creepy and it’s always a surprise to look up and see them!

  3. Interesting background on gargoyles. I still think they are the stuff of nightmares.

    Dump runs and having lunch after does sound romantical to me. One must find ways to enjoy the simple things.


  4. I’m glad your sweet husband is back to driving — good news. You have a great gargoyle collection here — I enjoyed it as I loved finding them when we were in England and in Europe. I even remember a couple of them from old bank building in our tiny western hometown — not as intricate or as well done I’m sure but seems like I’ve always known what they were originally there for.

    • Thank you, Sally, hubby is so happy to be driving. About those gargoyles, I remember seeing some significant gargoyles on the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., too. Thanks again for your visit.

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