G IS FOR GARGOYLEThe photo above is of a gargoyle on St Gregory's Church in Sudbury. The word gargoyle comes from the old French word "gargouille" meaning throat or gullet and are rain spouts projecting from the eaves of many churches and other ecclesiatical building. They were often fashioned into a cariacture of some personal ememy of the architect or owner of the building. Sometimes when a new dean or chapter came to a chuch the old gargoyle would be removed and new ones put in their place personalising the enemies of the new incumbents.
Although most have grotesque features, the term gargoyle has now come to include all types of images. Some gargoyles are depicted as monks, combinations of real animals and people, many of which ware humorous. Unusual animal mixtures, or chimeras, did not act as rainspouts and are more properly called "grotesques"
As I only had one photo in my folders of a gargoyle I Googled and found a fascinating site called GARGOYLES which contains many more photos and information. The next photo is taken from this site and is from a church in Great Cressingham, Norfolk.