Gargoyles, Corbels and A Green Man
Another Giggleswick Mystery
Thomas Brayshaw seems to have been one of the last people to examine the Anglo-Saxon and tomb contents of the crypt before it was sealed up. In the Red Book, he also describes the items that were brought to the surface. In the description below, he is referring to the area where the choir now sits on the south side, but which was open into the Lady (Memorial) chapel, and where the floor is higher than the one in the main nave. The inner walls were also exposed:
“On this raised portion are many of the old stones which were found in the course of the restoration. Here may be seen specimens of Saxon work such as the stone corbel with 3 raised bands ornamenting the end of it ….” [my italics]. Brayshaw goes on to tell us that many of the finds were incorporated in the interior of the new walls, but where are those which were not encased in walls? On my way out of church one day, I looked up at the tower and noticed for the first time that the 4 mini pinnacles rising one from each corner, appeared like upright corbels with 3 raised bands decorating the stem of each one.
Brayshaw, Thomas, The Red Book (Giggleswick Church Archives), collection c.1880-1933
Harding, Mike, A Little Book of The Green Man., Arum Press, 2006
Jenkins, Simon, England’s Thousand Best Churches. Penguin, 2000
Metford J C., The Dictionary of Christian Lore and Legend, Thames & Hudson, 1983
Various websites, including Google and Wikipedia.