SU0125 : Weather vane, St Martin's Church

taken 7 years ago, near to Fifield Bavant, Wiltshire, Great Britain

Weather vane, St Martin's Church
Weather vane, St Martin's Church
It was a papal edict in the 9th century that was responsible for the proliferation of weathercocks on churches. This edict required every Church in Christendom to be mounted by a cockerel. This symbol was to recall Peter's 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 only the symbol of the cockerel was required by the edict, the motif, it seems, was quickly wedded with the weathervane. By the 13th century the word for weathercock (gallum) and weathervane (ventrologium) had become interchangeable. Interestingly, early weathercocks did not include cardinal letters, as Christian churches always lay east to west.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 11 February, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 11 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites 
Place (from Tags)
Fifield Bavant 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 0182 2508 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:1.5052N 1:58.5255W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 0182 2508
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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