The Friday Photo: St Philip’s Cathedral, weathervane
Has anyone else spent time looking at St Philip’s cathedral and wondered why it has a pig on its weathervane? St Philip’s was built by commission in the early 1700s. The church was consecrated in 1715 but the tower remained unfinished due to a lack of funds. A merchant tradesman, Sir Richard Gough who lived in Edgbaston, managed to secure a donation of £600 from King George I to enable completion of the tower. The tower was completed in 1725 and a gilt weathervane of a boar was erected atop the tower. The boar features in the Gough family crest and was added as lasting recognition of Sir Richard’s role in the tower being finished.
Tracey Thorne July 22, 2013
I love this Clare never knew that! Well spotted
Simon Buteux July 19, 2013
I have to be honest and say that I had never taken notice of the weathervane on St Philip’s before. But isn’t it interesting! And what a great photo too – can’t be very recent, though, with that ominous sky?
The Friday Photo has proved so popular, and the photos are so good, that we are going to produce a Birmingham Conservation Trust calendar using them. That will mean choosing the best twelve. When they are all so good, how are we going to do that? Answers on a postcard please – or in these days, on this website. We’ll think of something….