ST8204 : Weather vane, Winterborne Houghton

taken 7 years ago, near to Winterborne Houghton, Dorset, Great Britain

Weather vane, Winterborne Houghton
Weather vane, Winterborne Houghton
The weather vane is to be found on the house next to the church.

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
Saturday, 12 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 5 July, 2010
Category
Architectural detail > Weather vane   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 82028 04450 [1m precision]
WGS84: 50:50.3577N 2:15.3962W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 82028 04450
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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