Cathedral Buildings in Newcastle upon Tyne is an office block dating from 1901. This is the rear entrance which faces onto St. Nicholas’ Churchyard. Above this door and its surrounding ‘exuberant’ pink and white plasterwork is a large circular window. Sitting on the keystone over the window is a strange looking creature.
Closer inspection of this beast reveals it to be….
……a Vampire Rabbit.
Nobody knows why it is there or whose idea it was or what it represents but it sits with that manic expression on its face, bloodshot eyes, bloody claws and a pair of unfeasably large teeth staring directly at the east window of the Cathedral Church of St. Nicolas.
Every commentary on the rabbit says something along the lines of ‘The presence of this rabbit does not seem to have any relationship to the quiet cloistered atmosphere of St. Nicholas’ Churchyard.’
But if nobody knows its origins then nobody can say with any certainty that it does or does not relate to the Cathedral. Very strange. It is currently painted black, which makes it look even more sinister.
If anybody knows the story, I would be interested in hearing it. The architects were Oliver, Leeson and Wood. Perhaps they know the secret……………
That second image is borrowed from here, by the way, which has a couple of links with more information.
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