The Lion roars at Hamerton

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I was over at Hamerton Church last week for the thanksgiving service for the late Canon Bill Girard, may he rest in peace and rise in glory. I knew him through Little Gidding where he lived in his later years, but I had never gone into Hamerton Church before. And what a gem it is, mostly as we see it of the fifteenth century I suppose, nicely done but not pretentious, but with a very good display of carving in both wood and stone, inside and out.

The gargoyle on the corbel is not amused. Above him the lion of St Mark, dressed as an acolyte, is ready for the Gospel to be roared out. It’s VERY unusual. Can anyone offer an analogue?