Gargoyles for sale

Published October 27, 2003 at 13:55 PM
by grae
from Wizard News (via BBC)

Interested in owning a gargoyle? Well it's your lucky day, as Gloucester Cathedral, which doubled as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, is allowing people to buy - or sponsor - 10 new carvingsopens in new window for the 900-year-old building's facade.

In exchange for their donation, benefactors will buy their own little piece of cathedral history - a medieval-themed waterspout which will grace the church's masonry for generations to come.

Anne Strathie, the cathedral's development manager, said: "We are always trying to raise money for projects, and we find people like to support something identifiable.

"We felt the gargoyles were something people could identify individually, and we think the cost - £3,000, or £2,500 in a one-off tax-free donation - is an amount within people's reach."

The new gargoyles, on the building's south face, will replace a number of carvings which are almost completely eroded after five centuries of wear.

They will represent a number of animals, including a lion, a ram and a wolf, playing musical instruments.

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