Symbols on the Castle Walls
There are many symbols on the castle walls. How many can you find from this list?
- The Sun, Moon and Stars.
- The initials of Mary Pickering, who caused this castle to be built
- A Thistle, for Scotland – there are two of them, very different
- A Sundial
- Does it tell the correct time? Is it adjusted for British Summer Time?
- Sine Sole Sileo – what does that mean?
- The initials of Mary Pickering’s two children
- Mary Ursula Umfreville Pickering and
- Francis Alexander Umfreville Pickering
- A Bear’s Clawed Foot with the intials FP
- Enigmatic symbols for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter
- Non Crux, Sed Lux – The Motto of the Black Family Crest (Mary Pickering’s father was Alexander Black). Not the Cross, but the Light.
- A Fleur-de-lys – a symbol of the Holy Trinity
- The name of the architects and, above it, a Mason’s Mark. NIVEN AND WIGGLESWORTH, ARCHITECTS, LONDON.
- Stone water-spouts shaped to look like cannon.
- Fier God, Honor the King (archaic spelling from 1 Peter 2, v17 which reads in full: Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.)
- A date stone 1894
- Another date stone reading A1894D
- The foundation stone, which you can see being laid in the photo below, is very difficult to see today as there’s a Cydonia japonica growing in front of it. It reads simply MP with 1894 in the four corners.
- On various rain heads above the drain pipes are various symbols and dates.
Some of these symbols hint towards the Arts and Crafts Movement.
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