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Animation Unit – John Ryland Library Gargoyles – Research 


“Carried over to England by the Normans, who were renowned for their prolific building of castles, cathedrals and abbeys, these grotesque architectural symbols remained a fascination for the British sensibility through to the nineteenth-century.”

“Gargoyles are loosely based on dragons, which were seen as a personification of the devil and evil. The more of these kind of features you had around you, the more interesting and intelligent you looked at that time.”
“>The person who created these gargoyles and placed them on the John Ryland Library goes by the name of Thomas Worthington who also helped design the ‘City Police Courts’ on Minshull Street in 1873. He created these grotesque, almost demonic statues as Victorians had a fascination with Gothic architecture, which slowly diminished at the end of the era. Gargoyles derived from the French word for throat – they were designed to disperse water from their mouths in an “elaborate form of drainage geared towards protecting the masonry”

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