SU7074 : Griffin Plinths

taken 8 years ago, near to Caversham, Reading, Great Britain

Griffin Plinths
Griffin Plinths
Either side of steps leading from the middle of the Long Walk LinkExternal link to the riverside lawn.
The griffin head on the right is a restored original, the one on the left had been lost and this is a new replacement. In times past griffins were thought to protect a house and keep away unwanted visitors.
Two carved cat-like faces are set into the stone plinths, about halfway down. These are about 800 years old and probably came from the demolished Reading Abbey (Information from guide for children LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link ) ).
Caversham Court
There has been a garden here beside the River Thames for hundreds of years; the present layout dates from the 17th century. The property was privately owned until the 1930s, when it was purchased by Reading Corporation. A house on the site was demolished, and the grounds opened for public recreation. During 2008/9, a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund enabled Reading Borough Council to renovate the gardens to the very high standard we see today.
Information about Caversham Court, including a downloadable guide, is available on the Council's website LinkExternal link . The application document for Heritage Lottery funding gives a detailed site history, and photos of the gardens before restoration LinkExternal link .
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 26 May, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 27 June, 2010
Gardens > Gardens   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 7088 7483 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.0805N 0:58.8591W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 7088 7483
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