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By Philip_H
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,

Tags: Architecture Polo Tongue Stratford upon avon Porch Stone carving Grotesque Face pulling Polo mint Guild chapel Guild of the holy cross The mint with a hole

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Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
25 Aug 2013 3:51PM
An amazing image Philip - and a unique dating method you have applied here Smile

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Suzicoo 4 480 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2013 3:54PM
Never saw this when I was in Stratford,
Good Sunday image and lovely grotesque shotTongue
25 Aug 2013 4:09PM
An amazing image well spotted
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
25 Aug 2013 4:30PM
Superb details, as always. So glad it wasn't some very nasty ulcer rather than a polo!!

xwang 7 55 8
25 Aug 2013 4:48PM
Interesting found.. I always like the figures on the churches.. each one had its own story..
nonur Plus
7 17 11 Turkey
25 Aug 2013 4:50PM
If ever I visit Stratford, I'll look for this ugly polo eater. Great shot and title, Philip.
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
25 Aug 2013 4:53PM
What a hideous character, Philip, but well captured Smile Carol
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 96 14 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2013 5:09PM
A great image Philip, another interesting write upSmile

taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
25 Aug 2013 5:11PM
Polo mint? and I thought it would be a wort!

fine image!
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2013 6:15PM
An informative and interesting pre-narrative supported by wonderfully charming gentleman with a sweet tooth "Sundays couldn't get any better..."

Regards Nathan
25 Aug 2013 7:02PM
What a funny face! Excellent capture!
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2013 9:10PM
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!
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
27 Aug 2013 4:29AM
Very well spotted. IB

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