St Mary’s Church Adderbury receives new Gargoyles

The stone restoration work of the Tower of St. Mary’s Church in Adderbury has reached an exciting milestone. Two stunning new stone gargoyles for the church tower were dedicated...

The stone restoration work of the Tower of St. Mary’s Church in Adderbury has reached an exciting milestone.

Two stunning new stone gargoyles for the church tower were dedicated with a blessing by Canon Christopher Hall recently. The two new gargoyles represent an owl and a bat, two birds that feature prominently in old bestiaries, books of medieval animals and birds. 

Both pieces were carved out of solid pieces of Syreford stone (from a quarry by Cheltenham) by Simon Smith, a very well- known sculptor working out of South-East London.  The last gargoyle that Simon carved was for Westminster Abbey and each sculpture took around six weeks to carve.

Both pieces are replacing two old historic gargoyles on the church tower which went up originally when the tower was built in around 1315 AD, so they have faced the brunt of Adderbury weather for 700 years.