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Offline wawa

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Plaque Meaning
« on: Sunday 10 September 17 07:11 BST (UK) »
Hello, just wondering if anybody would know anything about the attached plaque, found above the door of an ancestral home.

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Nari
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Re: Plaque Meaning
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 10 September 17 07:46 BST (UK) »
Looks to me like a hunting scene?

2 hunters on horseback, accompanied by a pack of dogs ans their handlers.

Certainly nothing to do with Heraldry or Coats of Arms? ;D
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Re: Plaque Meaning
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 10 September 17 08:06 BST (UK) »
Cresswell is the name under the painting if that means the place Creswell it would have been in an area where hunting was famous - Sherwood Forest. There was a royal house at Kings Clipstone it's called King John's Palace.

I do agree it's just a hunting scene, perhaps popular with the owner of the place or was it a hunting lodge?

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Re: Plaque Meaning
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 10 September 17 08:13 BST (UK) »
Sorry wasn't sure which thread to place it in, Cresswell, Staffordshire is where the ancestral home is situated, the family where Roman Catholic so wasn't sure if it had something to do with the religion but thanks anyway.
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Re: Plaque Meaning
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 10 September 17 11:27 BST (UK) »
We do have a trait in the UK for re-using building materials. Henry VIII did not cause a lot of damage to the fabric of buildings during his dissolution of the monasteries. He was after the money - it was the local population that was after the stonework. One need only look round some of our medieval towns to see the traces. How often do we see dressed stones in the middle of a redbrick wall?

During the winter months, when building was hard, many masons would carve plaques like this in hopes of a customer later. (Shops still do it - my local Tesco had Christmas puddings for sale yesterday.)

Your plaque could be contemporary with the building, or it might be reused from an older building, or it might be a later addition to smarten the place up a bit.

I would think that the only way to be sure is a study of the records of the household and compare them with events that were happening to the inhabitants.

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Re: Plaque Meaning
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 10 September 17 12:25 BST (UK) »
Thankyou Chas, I'd never seen anything like it before so wasn't sure if there was some meaning behind it or if it was just one of those things put there to look good, there was a bit of history to the property at the time so will look into it further.

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Nari
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Crickmore Family - Salford and Altrincham Area

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Re: Plaque Meaning
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 10 September 17 13:24 BST (UK) »
I don't think there's much meaning attached - other than they like hunting!

I have a German cuckoo-clock, bought at a German Christmas Market, which has a deer's head, crossed rifles, a hanging hare and fowl, together with a traditional horn and a pouch-type bag (swag-bag?!).

It just means that I like cooking and eating game ;D ;D
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Re: Plaque Meaning
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 10 September 17 14:00 BST (UK) »
Thanks KGarrad, guess I will just have to accept that there is no hidden meaning in amongst the hunters and dogs apart from the fact my ancestors where hunting lovers  ;D
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Re: Plaque Meaning
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 10 September 17 16:41 BST (UK) »
Plenty of C scrolls carved on this panel, maybe not as old as the scene depicted? great work though!

Skoosh.