NZ0737 : Carved heads, Wolsingham Parish Church

taken 6 years ago, near to Wolsingham, County Durham, Great Britain

Carved heads, Wolsingham Parish Church
Carved heads, Wolsingham Parish Church, taken 6 years ago
The sides of each window of the church NZ0737 : Wolsingham Parish Church from the south, including those of the upper clerestory, have these 'gargoyle-type' carved heads, or more abstract plant-like designs. They were retained from inside the earlier building when it was rebuilt in the C19th and have thus been little eroded by weathering. The head on the left has quite unnerving blue-coloured eyes.
Wolsingham is a small market town in County Durham situated where the Waskerley Beck joins the River Wear. It styles itself as the 'Gateway to Weardale'. It is an interesting and friendly place, bustling with life, but with many old and interesting buildings. It now serves a predominantly agricultural community but once had a thriving and important steel works.

My descriptions have been aided by the local book: Wolsingham: Gateway to Weardale by Elaine Ridley, Margaret Shepheard and Vivien Welsh (ISBN 0 953074 97 B)

Wikipedia: LinkExternal link

English Heritage learning zone: Wolsingham LinkExternal link

Old photos of Wolsingham in Durham County Council collection: LinkExternal link

Old photos of Wolsingham in the Beamish Museum People's Collection LinkExternal link

Wolsingham website: LinkExternal link
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Friday, 2 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 2 September, 2011
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Uplands  Religious sites  City, Town centre 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0733 3738 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:43.8810N 1:53.2618W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 0733 3738
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