ST8993 : Market House, Tetbury

taken 8 years ago, near to Tetbury, Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Market House, Tetbury
Market House, Tetbury
Dolphins form a motif for this building; there is one on the wind vane on the summit, and here they decorate brackets on the east side of the building. Two dolphins feature of the town's coat of arms. "They first appeared ... in the late 17th century but quite why these creatures feature in a land-locked town coat of arms remains unclear. Possible explanations involve the Romans, as a mosaic featuring dolphins was found nearby or possibly the dolphins featured in the livery of the Berkeley family who owned the area in the 16th century. There is also a story involving another local family, one of who was allegedly saved from drowning by dolphins as he crossed the Irish sea" LinkExternal link .

The C17 building itself is described at LinkExternal link .
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Date Taken
Sunday, 3 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 10 January, 2010
Category
Architectural detail > Architectural detail   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 890 931 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:38.1958N 2:9.6204W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 890 931
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