The Quadrangle

Wooden carvings of angels and animal heads

The hammerbeam roofs in the Great Hall and MacLaurin Hall and the Professorial Board Room's open cedar roof supported by cross beams have all been decorated, not only with carved stone corbels, but also with intricate wooden carvings.


Photos are courtesy of the University Secretariat unless otherwise indicated. Click on some of the images below for enlargement.


ANGELS IN THE GREAT HALL

The hammerbeam roof of the Great Hall is decorated with twelve carved wooden figures of angels. The image below left is courtesy of Ted Sealey, and the photo below right is courtesy of Wikipedia. In the following row, the image on the left is courtesy of Ted Sealey, and the photo on the right is courtesy of University Archives.

View images of all the carved wooden angels and information in the Archives online exhibition about the Great Hall.

The hammerbeam roof and carved angels
The hammerbeam roof and carved angels
One of the carved angels
One of the carved angels

LION HEADS IN MACLAURIN HALL

The MacLaurin Hall's cedar hammer beam roof has terminals ending with carved lion heads which hold the large light pendants in their mouths. Photos 1 and 2 below are copyright, David White.

Carved lion heads
The hammerbeam roof and carved lion heads
The hammerbeam roof and carved lion heads
Carved lion head
Carved lion head
Carved lion head

HERALDIC ANIMAL HEADS IN THE PROFESSORIAL BOARD ROOM

The Professorial Board Room has an open cedar roof almost 7m high, supported by large cross beams adorned at the end with heads of heraldic animals.

The Professorial Board Room cedar roof
The Professorial Board Room cedar roof
Carved animal head
Carved animal head
Carved animal head
Carved animal head

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