Grotesque Or Gargoyle?

Last weekend we were in Winchcombe, a pretty little town near Cheltenham. On the church gutter I saw some pretty impressive statues that I had always thought were called gargoyles. In fact these are grotesques. The word gargoyle comes from the French ‘gargouiller’ which mean ‘gurgle’ and refers only to water spout, often in the shape of a grotesque person, animal or mythical beast. The water usually comes from their mouth. As these statues have separate water spouts next to them they are not gargoyles, but grotesques.

Grotesque, Winchcombe Church #1

Grotesque, Winchcombe Church #1

Grotesque, Winchcombe Church #2

Grotesque, Winchcombe Church #2

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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