First English wallpaper, snakes on lampposts and other oddities

Beverley has some interesting features, some not immediately apparent.  A cast iron lamppost in the middle of town celebrates a nearby apothecary quarter by displaying a fine snake.

Not easily spotted, but it features on a town trail.

Not easily spotted, but it features on a town trail.

Nearer the Minster a carved kerbstone includes elements from wallpaper printed by Hugo Goes at his printing business on Highgate in around 1500.  Said to be the first printed wallpaper made in England.

Elements of a wallpaper design - you might pick out the goose.

Elements of a wallpaper design – you might pick out the goose.

Style is still clearly key to Beverley, just west of Saturday Market is a hatshop with some feathery creations for those planning to attend Cheltenham Races.

Surely the top left disc of felt with 2 feathers must be a fascinator?

Surely the top left disc of felt with 2 feathers must be a fascinator?

More to my taste is this old petrol pump just round the corner from the minster.  Note the long arm which could be swung out to deliver petrol to the offside filler of a customers car.

From the days before petrol stations were exciting retail opportunities.

From the days before petrol stations were exciting retail opportunities.

And two things which have appeared on this blog before.  First the use of shrubs planted directly into the pavement to enhance your home:

Cotoneaster I think.  Pleasing or what?

Cotoneaster I think. Pleasing or what?

and then the rather poorly maintained painted sundial high on the west end of Beverley Minster:

One of two poorly maintained dials on the SW corner of the Minster at Beverley

One of two poorly maintained dials on the SW corner of the Minster at Beverley

 

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