Corbels, Grotesques or Gargoyles
The architure of the medievel Abbey at Romsey is adorned with 400 decoratively carved stone corbels and grotesques, each photographed by local historian Roy Romsey, many with interesting tales associated with them.
Little is known of the stonemasons or why they sculpted these amazing images of people, cats, demons, animals and fantasy beasts, but the internet is gradually revealing some of their stories.
Look at the fascinating close-ups of 400 carved, stone corbels which adorn the exterior architecture of Romsey Abbey, Hampshire UK.
Follow the stonemasons' tales and other interesting facts.
100s of close-up photographs
Romsey Abbey History
A Brief History
Building Stone for Cathedrals and Abbeys
Rare Birthing Corbel
The Price of Love
Squire Seduces Blacksmith's Wife
The Mason's Mark
A Secret Revealed
Of Cats and Faggots
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The Corbel Collection
This website and its photographic collection and location plans has been created by retired designer and photographer Roy Romsey.
Corbels are cantilevered brackets that support a structure above, often mistakenly referred to as grotesques or as gargoyles; the latter are waterspouts used to throw water away from a building.
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Corbels at Romsey Abbey
painting by Rex Trayhorne
Site last updated 30th June 2020
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