English medieval wood carving - church pew decoration
English 15th century medieval wood carving - likely a bench end, the wooden end panel of a church pew. Bench ends were highly decorated with carvings, ranging from religious symbols to heraldic shields, to political lampoons and were frequently capped by a carved wooden finial known as a poppy-head, though the design might be anything from grotesque beasts to saints...
circa 15th century
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Oakwell Hall Dog Gates
The dog gates at the foot of the staircase of Oakwell Hall, Birstall, Yorkshire, England. These are described in Chapter 15 of the novel Shirley by Charlotte Bronte. Date: late 16th century
© Mary Evans Picture Library
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