Gloucester Cathedral gargoyle to score highly with rugby fans
Gloucester Cathedral has unveiled a clay model (maquette) of ‘Glaaaawster’ – a tribute to the city's rugby club – the first of a set of six new gargoyles which will be installed on the North Ambulatory Roof as part of a £530,000 restoration project.
Each gargoyle represents a different region of the County, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Stroud, Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean by reflecting local traditions and heritage, and when it came to Gloucester, there was only one choice!
The Gloucester Gargoyle is a rugby player tightly holding a rugby ball while kneeling on the ground.
The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said: “Since 1891, Gloucester Rugby Club has played its home matches at Kingsholm Stadium. The matches attract large numbers of loyal followers filling the city with enthusiastic fans, and with the other ‘hallowed ground’ just a stone’s throw away from the Cathedral, it seemed only fitting that ‘Glaaaawster’ should pay tribute to this much-loved sport.”
The maquette has been sculpted by the Cathedral’s master mason, Pascal, and over the next six months will be carved into stone before proudly taking his place overlooking Kingsholm and protecting the Cathedral’s stonework.
The Gloucester Gargoyle is sponsored by Gloucester based company, Ecclesiastical Insurance Group (EIG).