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 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. 

The Corbel

100s of close-up photographs   

Romsey Abbey History

A Brief History

Binstead Quarries

Building Stone for Cathedrals and Abbeys

Rare Birthing Corbel

Who Dunnit?

The Price of Love

Squire Seduces Blacksmith's Wife

The Mason's Mark

A Secret Revealed 

Selected Groups

Of Cats and Faggots 

Useful References 

Links for Futher Research

    To view the Corbel Collection or any other pages


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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

Romsey Abbey corbels and grotesques history architecture
Romsey Abbey corbels and grotesques history architecture

Site last updated 30th June 2020

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Corbels at Romsey Abbey
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