Photographer's Note

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday, I posted a photograph of a robin, taken through my conservatory window. In the photograph was a small detail of a finial ridge tile in the shape of a gargoyle.

Gert was fascinated by this and for him, I promised to post a photograph of another one that we have, a much better one in the form of a dragon.

Finials take many forms and feature a wide range of different designs, figures and sculptures. Finials have been used all over the World from medieval times most notably in China and more recently the UK. The Romans were also known to have decorated their roofs with ornamental features because fragments have turned up in archaeological digs.

Gothic roof finials typically include ornamental figures such as roof dragons, gargoyles, wyverns, grotesques and other mythical creatures. These gothic roof finials feature some stunning and decorative designs and aside from anything else, decorate the roof and are said to ward off evil spirits, deter witches on broomsticks or in the case of roof dragons to provide good luck

Dragon finials and Gothic finials in the UK started appearing in the 1870’s and possibly before that. The gothic style was influenced by Chinese architecture.

We bought the two finials from an auction, not to put on our roof but to display in the garden as decorative features.

When the grandchildren, or friends' children, come round, they love to examine the dragon. We can make up some wonderful stories about how the dragon came to our garden and how he protects us!! 😉

I will add further photographs as workshops.

I hope this all makes sense to you as I know some words don't translate very well from the English.

Keep safe, wherever you are, Bev :-)

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