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Tuesday, 20 October 2020 12:17

Somerset dragons and special relevance to dragon finials

Somerset dragon finials

Somerset has many dragon myths, legends and folklore with stories and traditions being passed down the generations. Tales include a story of a dragon killed by a local man called Fulk Fitzwarin and at Kingston St Mary a village is said to have rolled a large stone down a hill to kill a dragon, there are many more dragon myths and legends in the region

The county of Somerset features a dragon as part of the county crest, the dragon is depicted often as a red dragon but also features as a white dragon over a red background on the emblem. The county council adopted the dragon back in 1908. There are many representations of dragons to be found in Somerset such as dragons found on or in churches dating from the 8th-9th century, dragon and wyvern mosaics, dragon featuring on the signage of the county library, a dragon on the county crest of Somerset cricket club and countless other examples

Somerset Brick and Tile Museum in Bridgwater

The many dragon myths and legends have special relevance because in the 1840s 1300 people in Bridgwater produced bricks and tiles using local clay at Barham Brothers, makers of bricks, tiles, cement and plaster. Some of the pieces produced included original clay dragon finials, wyverns, griffins, grotesques and mythical beasts. Today the Somerset Brick and Tile Museum in Bridgwater is a tribute to a bygone era and dedicated to the brick and tile industry of Somerset. The museum celebrates Somerset’s rich history and exhibits artifacts from the area including some decorative dragon finials
The reason that dragons feature so heavily in Somerset as roof dragons, ridge dragons and finials could be for any of the following reasons:

- To ward off evil spirits
- To celebrate local myths and legends
- Decoration and relevance to Somerset
- To symbolise the victory of Christianity over Paganism

We have some excellent examples of ridge dragons, wyverns and grotesques that are very much in keeping with the dragon myths and legends of Somerset and can serve as an excellent feature on roofs, in the garden or to other kinds of displays or structure to add relevant character and charm

Check out the gallery photos below and be sure to check out the great ridge dragon designs that we offer

Wednesday, 08 April 2020 14:01

Roof finials installed on property in Southampton

southampton roof finials

Wow where to start and what to say about this fantastic set of photos sent in from a customer that was renovating their property in Southampton and wanted to create a feautre using roof finials. There are several roof dragons, fleur de lys and obelisk on other parts of the ridge line to add architectural detail and interest to the roof and turn the roof into a nice eye catching feature

The property itself is a large brick built structure with several roof elevations tiled with plain tiles, roof finials, hole crested ridges and cocks comb ridges. The building even has it’s very own castle tower!. There are many other details such as the vertical wall tiles, decorative windows, keystones and gargoyle statues that give it real character. The photos show the work in progress with the scaffolding up and finished installs

It showcases some really nice pieces that we are able to produce but this is just the tip of the iceberg because we can produce traditional finials in all manner if shapes, sizes and style to suit many different kinds of tastes. We can also produce the roof finials in terracotta, black, grey and brown so they are tailored to your needs. The pieces that are produced are excellent quality and weather the same as normal roof coverings so the pieces featured in this collection will weather naturally and gracefully and it will enhance the look even more as the roof weathers and moss and lychen grow naturally on the tiles

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Wednesday, 08 April 2020 12:00

Ridge dragon installed on extension roof

Dragon finial and cupola Tiptree

This set of photos was sent in by a customer that was renovating their property in Tiptree, Essex. Their home is extended to the front and they was looking for a decorative ridge finial to decorate the gable end roof elevation on the extension. They opted for a traditional style ridge dragon because they were able to source slate for the roof and some nice reclaimed terracotta hole crested ridge tiles from a reclamation yard. They needed something to create a feature on the gable end and also that would be in keeping with the ridges and the theme of their property

The property itself features some lovely features, it is brick built with slate roof and ridges. It has smaller details that add character and interest such as the wooden cladding on some of the walls to give nice colour variation and on the roof sited close to where the dragon is installed is a fantastic cupola with a copper eagle weathervane. A special mention also goes to the gothic styled windows which although are modern double glazing are arched with a distinct gothic theme. The dragon ties nicely into the gothic theme because they are similar in design to gargoyles, grotesques, wyverns, griffins which feature in gothic architecture

The customer is really delighted with the end result because the dragon is quite a focal point as when you enter via the driveway attention is drawn to it and the cupola. The dragon has the backdrop of the house behind it and is overlooking the drive\courtyard area

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Wednesday, 08 April 2020 10:54

Terracotta winged ridge gargoyle install

dragon on gable end

This terracotta winged ridge gargoyle finial is installed on the gable end of an attractive property in Sidcup, Kent. The customer was looking for something that was ornate to create a nice feature and focal point on the roof. The gargoyle serves as an interesting and eye catching feature as most other properties in the street have more subtle roof finials installed and some have wooden or fibreglass finials. The gargoyle by comparison is ornate but not so ornate where it looks out of place or whimsical. The gargoyle’s wings are outstretched so it creates a good focal point and silhouette on the roof and looks down from the gable

The property itself is brick built and the bricks are quite a vivid orange shade of terracotta. The vertical wall tiles on the gable end are also quite a close match in terms of the colour to the brickwork. The gargoyle colour compliments them nicely and finishes off the gable really nicely since it is fitted in a prominent position on the gable roof elevation. The roof extends to the left of what is shown in the photos

This is a good case study showing how finials can be used to add detail and decoration to the roof. We can produce the ridge dragons, gargoyles and finials in other colours such as black, grey and brown to suit all kinds of different roofs and styles. The customer has received some really positive comments on the gargoyle because it works really well with their property and the colour, scaling and sizing of it looks really good

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Wednesday, 08 April 2020 00:27

Ridge dragon on the roof Herstmoncouex

Herstmoncouex dragon roof finial

This collection of photos was sent in by a customer that was renovating their property in Herstmoncouex in East Sussex. They were replacing the entire roof because the existing roof was in a sorry state of repair. They wanted a decorative finial to decorate the hip end section of the roof as most of the other properties in the street had ornate roof finials

They opted for an emperor winged dragon finial because it is a grand piece with excellent detail and features. The property is brick built and the customer had the roof finished with slate and terracotta ridges tiles and of course the fantastic dragon finial as the end piece. The roofer has done a good job of installing it so it overlooks the hip end and has run the ridge tiles back from the dragon to the chimney stack and from the chimney stack along the length of the ridge line

The property really looks the part with the finished slate roof and dragon finial and a special mention goes to those fantastic chimney stacks with the old barrelled chimney pots. On some roofs the roofers will use a course of ridge tiles or bonnet tiles for the hips. In this case the roofer has done a fine job with the lead work on the hips and around the chimney and in actual fact because it has been done this way attention is drawn more to the ridge dragon and the lovely chimney stacks so it really does highlight the important and period features on the roof

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 12:48

Garden folly and ruins with gothic theme and ridge gargoyle

Garden folly and ruins gothic theme gargoyle

The customer sent in a great collection of photos showing the finished garden folly and ruins with gothic theme and ridge gargoyle. Their creation has created a lovely outdoor space and if you want to build your own garden folly and ruins great results can be achieved as these set of photos demonstrate. Several key components can be used to make your own ruins such as reclaimed bricks, gothic windows, plaques, keystones, planted flowers, shrubs and of course a gothic themed gargoyle finial to top it off. You could also use stone, mortar and other architectural items to produce your very own design

These ruins are built with a corner design and the bricks have been laid to look incomplete and authentic just as you’d imagine a ruined brick built building. Attention is drawn to the many focal areas of the ruins, the gargoyle finial looks down from the amazing gothic themed window which has stained glass. The area is completed with stone slabs and a traditional style cast iron chair and table set to enjoy outdoor dining and a cast iron bench for relaxation

The area is complete with a large decorative cast iron chimnea which can be used to burn logs to take the edge off a chilly evening. It demonstrates really well how materials can be used creatively to construct something that looks fantastic and servers as a functional space. We can supply all manner of gargoyles, dragons, wyverns and grotesques if this has inspired you to make your very own garden folly and ruins

Check out the gallery below and be sure to check out the great ridge gargoyle designs that we offer

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 10:13

Epping ridge dragons installed on roof elevations

dragon on gable end

This property in Epping showcases a range of fantastic ridge dragon finials on the many roof elevations. The dragons are installed on the gable ends and there is a mixture of large, medium and small dragon finials that have been creatively used to create features on the roofs. Most are used on the main roof elevations and the smaller dragon has been used on the garage

The property itself is brick built and has cream rendering and dark wooden beams which give it character and it is topped by a clay tiled roof, roofed with clay plain tiles of various terracotta and brown colours to create a nice rustic brindle effect. It looks like the property may have once had wooden roof finials judging by the fascias and soffits but the upgrade to the tiled roof and finials is a vast improvement. This property has interlocking clay ridge tiles and this is a very good example of where although you may have interlocking ridges you can still incorporate roof finials and the roofer works back from the finials and the cuts and angle grinding is done on corners or where the ridge run terminates

The property has a lot of character due to the overall look and the dragons really help to make it eye catching and interesting. Also of note is the fantastic and ornate working chimneys which are set on large grand chimney stacks. The soot from the chimney and local weathering conditions will ensure the roof and dragons weather nice and naturally over the years to further enhance the look and character of the property

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 09:25

Ridge dragon and obelisk finials Hermon Hill, London

ridge dragon installed on slate roof

This great set of photos was sent in by a customer that was renovating a property in Hermon Hill, London to bring it back to its former glory and as part of the works was re-roofing the property. The property is a brick built Victorian era building with nice decorative chimney stacks and ornate soffits\fascias. The customer opted to roof with slate and use terracotta ridge tiles for the ridge runs along the ridge line and for the hips. They was looking at restoring some lost roofing detail to the roof and decided to incorporate an original style ridge dragon and a traditional obelisk roof finial

The photos show the work in progress where the roof has roof battens so the slate can be installed and fixed to the roof and you’ll also see that the ridge beam is exposed before the ridge tiles were installed and bedded in with mortar. The dragon and obelisk were installed on gable ends and the roofers have worked back from the finials as can be seen by the cut being made to the ridge tiles that are at the opposite end of the ridge run

The finished result looks great, the colour of the slate looks natural and traditional as does the ridge tiles and finials which give colour contrast and detail to the roof. Traditional and ornate finials have been used as part of this project, we supply many different types of finials in various sizes and styles to suit just about any kind of project

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 08:03

Build your own bird table with tiled roof and gargoyle finial

build your own bird table with tiled roof

Here is a creative use for a ridge gargoyle, why not build your own bird table for the garden and make a real feature of it by decorating it with an ornate gargoyle finial? This is exactly what one of our customers created and when they completed their project they sent a fantastic set of pictures showing the finished creation

The bird table is timber hardwood construction and finished with a dark stain for the main part of the structure and the roof section. It has a tiled roof which features terracotta plain roof tiles and roll top ridge tiles with the gargoyle which serves as the prominent piece that looks down from the apex. It is a very functional and clever creation where nuts, seeds and food can be left out on the bird table to feed birds and other wildlife

The bird table features a small nesting box to cater for smaller birds to make a functional nest to rear their young. It is a great example of how roof finials can be used in creative ways to create something that looks stunning. Our customers find all kinds of creative ways to use the finials not only on roofs but for installations, displays and ornamental use. There are literally no limits to an individual’s creativity when it comes to incorporating the pieces in a particular design. This is just one example of the gargoyle range, there are many others to choose from plus other types of finials which come in different sizes and styles to suit a range of different tastes and applications

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 07:34

Ridge gargoyle finials near the sea

gargoyle roof finial with sea and dunes in background

This picture collection was sent in by a delighted customer that purchased two ridge gargoyles to decorate the two gables for their new build property located on the South Coast, UK. The pictures show the new build property in the process of being built with scaffolding up and shows the ridge gargoyles fitted in place at each end of the ridge tile run. The customer opted for gargoyles as a way to add a decorative and creative feature on the roof

The new build property is brick construction with the roof finished in slate with velux windows and there are roll top terracotta ridge tiles that span the ridge run which give good colour contrast and detail on the roof. This particular variety of gargoyle finial is based upon a roll top ridge tile profile design and as you can see from the pictures it works perfectly alongside the plain roll top ridges on the roof and is a good match for the design and colour. The gargoyles create a lovely feature on each gable end with one overlooking one part of the garden and the other overlooking the other part of the garden

One of the gargoyles has a great background setting when viewed side on as the sea and sand dunes can be seen which looks absolutely stunning on a sunny day. The sizing of the gargoyles are perfect for this roofing project and work really well with the existing ridges, we do of course offer many different gargoyles to suit different tastes, styles and types of roofs

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