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New grotesques for St John`s!   
24 October 2016 | Posted by Joanna Burton
 
Listed building consent for two replacement gargoyles at St John`s College has been granted.

Two of the existing stone gargoyles on the medieval range of First Court in St John`s College are in a poor state of repair, with many of their features all but lost through the decayed state of the stonework.

Beacon Planning prepared a combined Heritage, Design and Access Statement for this unusual project and acted as agents for a listed building consent for their replacement. This will restore this decorative element of the stonework and see two new heads immortalised on this prominent public elevation!

This application was reported in the Cambridge Evening News which quoted our report.

This project has many similarities with our previous work at St John's College, working with the City Council and Historic England to secure listed building consent for replacement yale statues on the magnificent Kitchen Bridge. Through research in the rare books room at Cambridge University Library, yales we found out are a spotted mythical beast with swivelling horns - an unusual subject for the stonemason!