SU1530 : Bellcote and weathercock, St Andrew's Church

taken 7 years ago, near to Laverstock, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Bellcote and weathercock, St Andrew's Church
Bellcote and weathercock, St Andrew's Church
The bellcote holds two bells and on its top is a weathercock.
It was a papal edict in the 9th century that was responsible for the proliferation of weathercocks on churches. This edict required every Church in Christendom to be mounted by a cockerel. This symbol was to recall Peter's betrayal of Christ (LUKE 22:34) "I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me". Although only the symbol of the cockerel was required by the edict, the motif, it seems, was quickly wedded with the weathervane. By the 13th century the word for weathercock (gallum) and weathervane (ventrologium) had become interchangeable. Interestingly, early weathercocks did not include cardinal letters, as Christian churches always lay east to west.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 15 June, 2010   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 15 June, 2010
Category
Weather cock   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 1590 3093 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:4.6486N 1:46.4647W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 1590 3093
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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