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Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Hagoday'.

This grotesque is on the porch of the Guild chapel, one of Stratford’s best-known buildings. Situated on the corner of Chapel Lane and Church Street, it overlooks the site of New Place, Shakespeare’s Stratford home, in which he died, in April 1616.

The chapel was largely built in the fifteenth century, as the chapel for the Guild of the Holy Cross, which was later suppressed by King Henry VIII. This grotesque is later though (post-1948), as evidenced by the polo mint on his tongue (I never thought I would use a polo mint as dating evidence on a building!) A bit more research online narrowed it down to the 1960s, when the porch was embellished by the Friends of the Guild Chapel (formed in 1954).

Best wishes,
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ45
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 May 2013 - 2:05 PM
Focal Length:46.6mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Want to Share my Polo?
Username:Philip_H Philip_H
Uploaded:25 Aug 2013 - 3:40 PM
Tags:Architecture, Face pulling, Grotesque, Guild chapel, Guild of the holy cross, Polo, Polo mint, Porch, Stone carving, Stratford upon avon, The mint with a hole, Tongue
Votes:25

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
25 Aug 2013 - 3:51 PM

An amazing image Philip - and a unique dating method you have applied here Smile

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Suzicoo
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25 Aug 2013 - 3:54 PM

Never saw this when I was in Stratford,
Good Sunday image and lovely grotesque shotTongue
Suzicoo

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ChristineD
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25 Aug 2013 - 4:09 PM

An amazing image well spotted

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2013 - 4:30 PM

Superb details, as always. So glad it wasn't some very nasty ulcer rather than a polo!!

Ann

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2013 - 4:48 PM

Interesting found.. I always like the figures on the churches.. each one had its own story..

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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2013 - 4:50 PM

If ever I visit Stratford, I'll look for this ugly polo eater. Great shot and title, Philip.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2013 - 4:53 PM

What a hideous character, Philip, but well captured Smile Carol

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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2013 - 5:09 PM

A great image Philip, another interesting write upSmile


Cliff

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2013 - 5:11 PM

Polo mint? and I thought it would be a wort!
LOL

fine image!

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33056 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
25 Aug 2013 - 6:15 PM

An informative and interesting pre-narrative supported by wonderfully charming gentleman with a sweet tooth "Sundays couldn't get any better..."

Regards Nathan

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
25 Aug 2013 - 7:02 PM

What a funny face! Excellent capture!
Effrossini

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25 Aug 2013 - 9:10 PM

When I saw your title, I just thought it was a joke, never guessing that you could even date the grotesque by the presence of the mint on its tongue. Fascinating!

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Chinga
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27 Aug 2013 - 4:29 AM

Grin
AMAZING!
Very well spotted. IB

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