Seeds for the Afterlife

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Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, St Peter’s Church. by Eric Hardy on Flickr.Winchcombe is a lesser sister of the great wool churches. The building is prominently set on the main street of a busy market town, guarded by forty of the country’s finest gargoyles, big and ugly. Some are devils, some known people, some eccentrics in strange garb, including a top hat. Outside the south aisle is one of Sir Ralph Boteler, lord of Sudeley in the 15th century and benefactor of the church. He appears with a helmet and splendid moustache. The overall effect is extraordinary, of a gallery of jesters laughing, jeering and poking out their tongues at passers-by. The tower has eight pinnacles and a large golden weathercock, given by St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, when the latter’s spire was restored in 1874.

Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, St Peter’s Church. by Eric Hardy on Flickr.

Winchcombe is a lesser sister of the great wool churches. The building is prominently set on the main street of a busy market town, guarded by forty of the country’s finest gargoyles, big and ugly. Some are devils, some known people, some eccentrics in strange garb, including a top hat. Outside the south aisle is one of Sir Ralph Boteler, lord of Sudeley in the 15th century and benefactor of the church. He appears with a helmet and splendid moustache. The overall effect is extraordinary, of a gallery of jesters laughing, jeering and poking out their tongues at passers-by. The tower has eight pinnacles and a large golden weathercock, given by St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, when the latter’s spire was restored in 1874.