Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Socrates in Seighford ... probably not

Stone carving in Seighford Church

This rather surprising head can be found on its own above a doorway in the sacristy at Seighford Church.  I was wandering round, and when I first saw it I presumed there would be a notice nearby indicating who it was meant to be a portrait of - but ... nothing.

It seems a little too honest to be a tribute to a former clergyman of the parish (which was my first guess), so I guessed at the Greek philosopher Socrates, who was known to be pug-nosed and not a beauty.

But, on reflection, it may well be Saint Chad, to whom the church is dedicated.  Odd that there is no notification to that effect though.

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