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Where can I find gargoyles in Gloucestershire?

Where are they found?

Originally gargoyles and grotesques were only carved on churches, abbeys or cathedrals, but sometimes they were placed on palaces, stately homes and occasionally on castles.

Gargoyles are usually found on the stringcourse - a band of projecting masonry that runs horizontally around the exterior of a church or other building.

Gargoyles are also commonly found on church towers, either on the faces or on the corners or on turrets of other buildings.

Grotesques can be found anywhere on a building.

Grotesques are often found alongside gargoyles, but being purely decorative they can be placed on other parts of buildings - most especially at the ends of window hood mouldings (these are the projecting strips that run around windows on old buildings).


Where can I see them?

The Good Gloucestershire Gargoyle Guide!

Gloucestershire has a large population of gargoyles and grotesques, they are spread all around the county, so wherever you are you won't be too far away from or the other! The maps below will help the budding 'gargophile' find the best places to see them!

View Gloucestershire Gargoyle Guide in a larger map 

The Great Gloucester Gargoyle Walk!

This walk is intended to introduce some of the gargoyles that can be found in the city of Gloucester.

View The Great Gloucester Gargoyle Walk in a larger map 

To see a map showing the location of places with a connection to dragons in Gloucestershire and to find out more about the county's dragon legends click here!