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MrPin

Gurney Stones

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It's an inappropriate face carved into stone, in an unusual place, where it will not be noticed. Sometimes the stonemasons did them on churches, just for a joke. Sometime they are in stone walls. I find them fascinating.O.o

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5 minutes ago, Caravan Monster said:

I think many of the 'surprising' carvings were a nod to superstition and pre christian religion.

Yes, and some were a mason's joke, to see whether they could get away with it.

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58 minutes ago, Economic Exile said:

I make my own gurney stones to amuse myself when I’m out and about.xD 

Not carved. I glue the eyes and noses on.

Sometimes I leave them on beaches

Here’s a few of them.

 

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I thought I was looking in a mirror there for a minute.

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I have a datum O/S mark carved into a brick in my house. Apparently it's 150-200 years old. Lucky someone told me as I was going to repoint it. :ph34r:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benchmark_(surveying)

3 hours ago, MrPin said:

Easter Island?

Pinny, did you just appropriate your language and culture? The PC/modern version is "Rapa Nui" !

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4 minutes ago, spunko2010 said:

I have a datum O/S mark carved into a brick in my house. Apparently it's 150-200 years old. Lucky someone told me as I was going to repoint it. :ph34r:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benchmark_(surveying)

Pinny, did you just appropriate your language and culture? The PC/modern version is "Rapa Nui" !

That doesn't make any sense to this old sailor. Easter Island is conveniently placed between Christmas Island, and August Bank Holiday Island.

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7 minutes ago, spunko2010 said:

If you Google 'gurney stones' Dosbods is the first result. :D

It's me innit? Was talking to an elderly (more so than I) chap, and that's what he calls them. I'd never heard the word before. Children find them, and they are always fascinated.

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2 minutes ago, MrPin said:

It's me innit? Was talking to an elderly (more so than I) chap, and that's what he calls them. I'd never heard the word before. Children find them, and they are always fascinated.

I think you've done well to find something the internet seemingly wasn't previously aware of up until now.

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2 minutes ago, eight said:

I think you've done well to find something the internet seemingly wasn't previously aware of up until now.

I think my friend's kid saw one in a wall. We were just off to the pub for lunch. And there's a strange carved face in a stone wall. I'd never noticed it.

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