Illustrated Dictionary of British Churches - Grotesque Definition

History and Architecture

Grotesque

A grotesque is a carved figure, usually of a mytholigical creature, demon, or strange beast, used as an ornamental feature in church decoration. The term is sometimes confused with gargoyle, which is a special type of carved beast used to decorate a drainpipe. Grotesques can be found almost anywhere inside or outside a church, but are often used to decorate a frieze just under the eaves or as projecting carvings on a tower. Grotesques might depict human figures or faces, demons, animals, or other mythical creatures, often with exaggerated fierce of humourous expressions. Some are obviously meant to lampoon real local characters or represent church patrons.

Related: Gargoyle  

Attraction search
in



National Trust

National Trust membership

National Trust membership

Free entry to National Trust properties throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, plus discounted admission to National Trust for Scotand properties.

Membership details

About the National Trust


HISTORY CORNER
Name the mystery historic attraction
See larger image



The first Hanoverian monarch of England, he spoke no English and relinquished political control to a Prime Minister, Robert Walpole



20 October, 1714

George I crowned king

George, who spoke no English, had only entered the country for the first time a month earlier

This king's most famous mistress was Jane Shore, daughter of a wealthy London merchant



Passionate about British Heritage!