Another one of the new gargoyles being installed at Gloucester Cathedral has been unveiled.
Gloucester Cathedral has unveiled the maquette of ‘Freeminer’, the second of a set of six new gargoyles which will be installed on the North Ambulatory Roof as part of a £500,000 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.
The Miner Gargoyle, chosen to represent the Forest of Dean, aims to demonstrate the dogged determination of the freeminer’s pick, axing at the coal, to provide for their families. The miners may have mostly long gone now, but their spirit continues.
The maquette (clay model) has been sculpted by the Cathedral’s Master Mason, Pascal Mychalysin and over the next six months will be carved into stone, before being installed on the North Ambulatory to protect the Cathedral’s stonework.
The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said: “What image could have better represented the proud independence of the Forest Folks than that of a Freeminer? Mining is a hugely significant part of the Forest of Dean’s industrial heritage and deeply connects communities and families to the region’s beautiful landscape. We are delighted to celebrate such an important part of the County’s story through the creation of the Freeminer gargoyle.”
This is only the second time in living history that new gargoyles have been created for Gloucester Cathedral and once completed, they will be installed high above the north side of the Cathedral, enhancing one of the city’s most iconic skylines whilst ensuring the building remains watertight for generations to come.