SO4430 : Sheela Na Gig at Kilpeck church

taken 5 years ago, near to Kilpeck, Herefordshire, Great Britain

Sheela Na Gig at Kilpeck church
Sheela Na Gig at Kilpeck church, taken 5 years ago
According to the fascinating LinkExternal link , this image (on a corbel on the outside of the chancel wall) is to be found, with variations, in many places in Britain and Ireland and further afield. Wikipedia LinkExternal link cites over 100 in Ireland and 45 this side of the Irish Sea. One theory is that the motif was first carved in France and Spain in the 11th century before spreading to areas of Anglo-Norman conquest. Another is that they date back to an earlier Mother Goddess religion. In fiction, one figures significantly in The Chymical Wedding by Lyndsay Clarke LinkExternal link .
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 July, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 21 August, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 4451 3051 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:58.2167N 2:48.5492W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 4451 3050
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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