Grotesques of Gumley

Chronicle reader, George Keeping, has been sent photographs of St Helen’s church at Gumley showing some of the protruding faces (fourteenth century, it is believed) that decorate the lucarnes (little dormer windows) of the spire. George writes that these carving stick out on long ‘stalks’ are very unusual and may even be unique in Leicestershire and Rutland – they must be prone to erosion.

George also sent in a picture of Salvadore Dali’s ‘Sleep’, which bears a close resemblance to some of the faces – although he says there is no evidence as yet that Dali ever visited Gumley!