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This fine gilded weather**** (symbolising vigilance) sits atop the tower at the church of St Peter, Winchcombe in the Cotswolds. In the 9th century, a papal decree ordered that every church should have a cockerel on its dome, as a reference to Peter's betrayal of Jesus and a reminder of the Christian faith. The Bayeux tapestry, commissioned by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, includes a depiction of a craftsman installing a cockerel weathervane atop Westminster Abbey. On the English Buildings blogspot (about Winchcombe, Gloucestershire), the author Philip Wilkinson recounts in December 2008 that "The fine weathercock was regilded recently and looked about 5 feet five tall when, swathed in bubblewrap, it was hoisted back up the tower. It came here in 1874 from the much larger church of St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. According to which version of the story you believe it was either too small or too big for the spire of St Mary Redcliffe. A stonemason who worked on the Bristol spire claimed he’d climbed on to, or into, the cockerel, ‘which was the size of a donkey’. Having seen the bird close-up, I can tell you that’s not such a cock and bull story as it sounds."

Thanks for all the C&C's on my last uploads.

Best wishes,
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 Jun 2011 - 12:09 PM
Focal Length:74.8mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/400sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Landscape
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Vigilance
Username:Philip_H Philip_H
Uploaded:21 Feb 2012 - 6:01 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Cotswolds, Gilded, Gloucestershire, St peter's church, Weathercock, Weathervane, Winchcombe
Votes:6

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 3sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2012 - 6:49 PM

A great shot and write up.Well done..Lin

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7391 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom957 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2012 - 7:09 PM

Very well taken - apparently before its installation, but the angle gives the effect of the final location!
Moira

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2012 - 7:39 PM


Quote: Very well taken - apparently before its installation, but the angle gives the effect of the final location!
Moira

Hello Moira,

Thanks for your vote/comment.

This was actually taken last year on full zoom - with me firmly on the ground at the foot of the tower and the weathercock high above on top of the tower.

Best wishes,
Philip

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2012 - 10:18 PM

Stands out so perfectly against that wonderful blue sky. Great details and colours, not least given the angle and distance. Really enjoyed that info too!

Ann

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taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2012 - 10:22 PM

After spending a month in Monsanto, PT, I have become very fond of Rooster weather vanes--- Monsanto had wone a prize for being the most Portuguese village, the prize included a silver **** weather vane--

This is photographed so well, standing proud!

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