ST6939 : Weather vane, Batcombe

taken 9 years ago, near to Batcombe, Somerset, Great Britain

Weather vane, Batcombe
Weather vane, Batcombe
The word 'vane' comes from the Anglo-Saxon word 'fane', meaning 'flag'. Originally, fabric pennants would show archers the direction of the wind. Later, the cloth flags were replaced by metal ones, decorated with the nobleman's coat of arms. It was understood that shifts in the wind often indicated changes in the weather. Cardinal points were not added until several centuries later.
Weather vanes have always been more than just a wind direction device. Created by skilled craftsman, there is true artistic expression in the varied designs. Initially wood vanes were carved by carpenters or furniture makers, and iron, copper and tin ones were forged by the local blacksmith or tinsmith. In the 19th century weather vanes started to be mass-produced from moulds.
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Date Taken
Friday, 1 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Monday, 4 January, 2010
Architectural detail > Weather vane   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 693 392 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:9.1222N 2:26.4189W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 693 392
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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