Shine&Sparkle

Shine&Sparkle

Posted on 02/08/2014


Photo taken on January 23, 2014



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An interesting puzzle...

An interesting puzzle...
This one has me fascinated. I was photographing the spiny chap climbing onto the roof, and the very fancy roof spike, but couldn't see the detail from ground level. It was only after putting the pictures into the computer I noticed the crown... It's a different colour to the rest of the roof spike (made of different metal?) and held on with metal rings. It seems to be a reference to Richard 3rd and the crown hanging in a thorn bush, his wife being Anne Neville and the building being called Neville Hall, but I'm unsure why an 1870's mining institute building in Newcastle would be making that reference - I don't know why it is called Neville Hall. The British Listed Buildings website says it has a Neville symbol finial on the turret. Again not something I saw from the ground, this looks to have a flag/panel at the top which is seen from end on here so I can't tell if there is anything on it or not (may also act as a weather vane?) so another visit is in order to look more closely... I've googled, and found a bit about the building, but no mention of the crown. (Neville Hall, Newcastle)

6 comments - The latest ones
spacemouses
spacemouses
Nice wee Dragon.
The crown could have been gilt on copper when new.
The body of the finial looks to be mix of cast iron and steel, with gilding- the wee balls look like they still have traces of gilt.
I would think weather vane, could have had 'flag' as decoration. That part certainly looks to be copper (gone green now).
I wonder if the crown should be were it's at, or maybe it has dropped to there when 'supports' have way?
Funny 'pointy' bit right at the top.
The Battle of Neville's Cross. (1347?) You know, just outside Durham. The dead were suppost to have been buried in a mass grave in Flass Vale...
4 years ago.
Shine&Sparkle has replied to spacemouses
There are those two flat sticky out bits just above the crown. You think maybe there were more, and it rested on them originally? It's definitely held in its current place by metal rings.
4 years ago.
spacemouses has replied to Shine&Sparkle
It could have rested on them, or possibly right at the top on that odd pointy 'thing'. If the 'flag' bit is weather vane, there should be direction letters somewhere too.
4 years ago.
Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
It looks like the crown was added at a different time than the rest. Could it be a lightning rod? Did they know about that back then?
4 years ago.
Shine&Sparkle has replied to Jim Boynton
More quick visits to google tells me lightening rods have been around since the mid 1700's, so were well established by the time this was built, so maybe that was one of the functions of this thing.
4 years ago.
spacemouses has replied to Shine&Sparkle
No sign of thick copper strap running to the ground in this pic that lightening conductor would need. They go the most direct route to ground.
4 years ago.