Saturday, 17 January 2015
The photographs are of one of the more interesting houses in our town of interesting buildings. It has recently had all the carvings stripped of many layers of paint to show the fine detail.
As you will be able to see, if you enlarge the pictures, not only is the carving very confidently and well done, but at one stage all the plaster work of the house has been very competently pargetted.
I managed to get a close up photo of the date carved over the window photographed above. I find the date intriguing - 1653 would be right in the middle of the Commonwealth period, when the puritans were very much in power, and I can't imagine they'd approve of some of the carvings, or of the amount of sheer decorative work in the pargetted (and probably at one time painted) plaster.
Almost all the busts (please excuse the obvious pun) are equipped with beards and bosoms! It is sometimes known locally as 'the beards and boobs house'.
A stream runs under the road and past this end of the house. It used to be an Inn. Its original name was 'the Flying Chariot'. I find it one of the most fascinating buildings in our town.