SJ8663 : St John's Church, Buglawton- Weather vane

taken 7 years ago, near to Congleton, Cheshire, Great Britain

St John's Church, Buglawton- Weather vane
St John's Church, Buglawton- Weather vane
The weather vane is on the steeple on St John's Church.

For centuries weathervanes, or weathercocks, have kept people in touch with the elements, signalling those shifts in the wind, which bring changes in the weather. Nowadays they are typically used as an architectural ornament at the highest point of a building. Although the cockerel is the traditional design, ships, arrows, pheasants, people and horses to name but a few are also common. Weathervanes are designed in such a way that the weight is evenly distributed on each side of the surface, but the surface area is unequally divided, so that the pointer can move freely on its axis. The side with the larger surface area is blown away from the wind direction, so that the smaller side, with the pointer, turns to face the wind direction. Most vanes have pointers below that are aligned with the compass points, north, east, south and west. Because of a papal edict in the 9th century there were a great number of weathercocks to be found on churches, the edict ordered that every Church in Christendom had to be mounted with a cockerel to symbolise Peterís 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 the edict only required the cockerel to be a symbol it soon became a weathervane and by the 13th century both terms, weathercock and weathervane, were being used interchangeably. Because Christian churches are always laid out east to west early weathercocks did not need to have compass directions attached to them, although it could be a bit tricky with this church being laid NNE to SSW.
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Date Taken
Monday, 29 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 30 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
Church (from Tags)
St John the Evangelist 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 869 636 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:10.2043N 2:11.7645W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 870 636
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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