World's grisliest gargoyles
Some of the greatest gurning, leering and tongue-poking ghouls and goblins carved (only - thank heavens!) in stone
Gargoyles have been used since ancient times. Their architectural function is to prevent rainwater eroding the mortar holding together the bricks and stone of a building. Right up until the 19th century, when boring downpipes became increasingly common, legions of gargoyles were deployed to spew storm deluges harmlessly away from the sides of churches, Oxford colleges and countless other structures.
But the gargoyle has always functioned as another kind of outlet, of course: for architects', stonemasons' and others' fervid imagination. Want to psychoanalyse a people? Perhaps take a look at their gargoyles.
Have a gander at our gargoyle gallery and let us know whether we really have captured some of the most frightening carvings from around the world. (And, by the way, is the art of gargoyling - our term - dead? Let us know, when you reach the end of our tour, whether a certain princely chap with rather outspoken views on architecture has been successfully rendered recently in stone... )
gargoyles are a way that stonemasons could take the **** without getting their wrists slapped, They are carved in the likeness of bishops ,other masons,royalty,
master masons or someone they wished to insult .Far longer lasting than a drawing dont you think
Yes they are still being carved