The Quadrangle

Dripstones

In architecture, a dripstone is a projecting moulding over the heads of doorways, windows, archways, niches, etc, in Norman and Gothic architecture, either for ornament or to throw off the rain, and commonly terminates with a head, an animal, or other sculptured ornament.

There are many examples in the Quadrangle, and a few appear below.


Information is from "Stained Glass and Stone" by Bertha McKenzie.

Photos are courtesy of the University Secretariat. Click on most images for enlargement.


A DRIPSTONE TERMINATING WITH SCULPTURED ORNAMENTS

Dripstone

DRIPSTONES WITH CARVED FACES

The following sculptured ornaments at the ends of dripstones on the Great Hall are carved faces, some of which are of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert while the rest are unknown:

Two faces

Two carved faces.

Queen Victoria

The carved face of Queen Victoria.

Prince Albert

The carved face of Prince Albert.

Queen Victoria

Another carved face of Queen Victoria.

Carving of the face of an unknown person

Carving of the face of an unknown person.

Carving of the face of an unknown person

Carving of the face of an unknown person.

Carving of the face of an unknown person

Carving of the face of an unknown person.

Carving of the face of an unknown person

Carving of the face of an unknown person.

Carving of the face of an unknown person

Carving of the face of an unknown person.


The following carvings are at the end of dripstones under the Nicholson Gateway:

The carved face of William Charles Wentworth

The carved face of William Charles Wentworth under the Nicholson Gateway.

Carving of the face of an unknown person

Carving of the face of an unknown person under the Nicholson Gateway.

DRIPSTONES WITH GROTESQUES

Two grotesque dripstones

Grotesques beneath a dripstone on the Great Hall.

A grotesque

A grotesque beneath a dripstone on the South range.

Another grotesque beneath a dripstone on the South range.

A grotesque at the other terminal of a dripstone on the South range.

DRIPSTONES WITH ANIMALS

An eagle

An eagle motif at one end of a dripstone above a coat of arms on the Great Hall.

A horse

A horse carving under a dripstone above a coat of arms on the Great Hall.

DRIPSTONES WITH FLORAL MOTIFS

A floral motif

A floral motif at one terminal of the dripstone above the entrance to the Great Hall.

A floral motif

A floral motif at the other terminal of the dripstone above the entrance to the Great Hall.

A floral motif

A floral motif beneath a dripstone on the East range.

A floral motif

A floral motif at the opposite end of the dripstone on the East range.


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